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Representations of Race and Sexuality on Feminist Web Sites
Unformatted Document Text:  Representations of Race and Sexuality on Feminist Web Sites 12 causes. The power of the Internet to bring people together in diverse geographic regions makes it an important medium for the widespread mobilization of resources. Many different types of causes have established their presence on the Internet. Political, environmental, social and charitable organizations have utilized Web sites, email communication, and online discussion to further their efforts, recruit members, and raise funding. Feminism is present in numerous forms on the Web, through sites focused on organized activism, information, media, and grassroots efforts. Feminist.com In reviewing several different feminist Web sites for the representations of race and sexuality, Feminist.com was identified the primary example of a grassroots effort to mobilize women around selected causes. It was established in 1995 by a group of women in the fields of law, television, activism, journalism, music, marketing, and communications, and is the one organization studied that had its genesis during the Internet’s rise to popularity [others had presence prior to the Internet]. Feminist.com focuses on providing links to information around issues that are relevant to women. Anti-violence is featured prominently on the site as a link on the main navigation bar. The pages are relatively free of visual images of women, focusing primarily on text. The content, however, represents issues of the second-wave feminisms described with little reference to the different perspectives brought on by race or sexuality. While many of the issues are as relevant to women in general, like anti-violence, rights for working and single mothers, and abortion, specific experiences are rarely addressed. In the “Ask Amy” section, one question dealt with identifying black women in the history of the

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Representations of Race and Sexuality on Feminist Web Sites
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causes. The power of the Internet to bring people together in diverse geographic
regions makes it an important medium for the widespread mobilization of resources.
Many different types of causes have established their presence on the Internet.
Political, environmental, social and charitable organizations have utilized Web sites,
email communication, and online discussion to further their efforts, recruit members,
and raise funding. Feminism is present in numerous forms on the Web, through sites
focused on organized activism, information, media, and grassroots efforts.
Feminist.com
In reviewing several different feminist Web sites for the representations of race
and sexuality, Feminist.com was identified the primary example of a grassroots effort to
mobilize women around selected causes. It was established in 1995 by a group of
women in the fields of law, television, activism, journalism, music, marketing, and
communications, and is the one organization studied that had its genesis during the
Internet’s rise to popularity [others had presence prior to the Internet]. Feminist.com
focuses on providing links to information around issues that are relevant to women.
Anti-violence is featured prominently on the site as a link on the main navigation bar.
The pages are relatively free of visual images of women, focusing primarily on text. The
content, however, represents issues of the second-wave feminisms described with little
reference to the different perspectives brought on by race or sexuality. While many of
the issues are as relevant to women in general, like anti-violence, rights for working and
single mothers, and abortion, specific experiences are rarely addressed. In the “Ask
Amy” section, one question dealt with identifying black women in the history of the


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