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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 13 women’s movement. The answer provided several African-American women with descriptions of their contributions, as well as a few white women and women of Native American background. The answer also identified several books and resources about black women’s roles in history. Under the “Resources” section, sporadic references were available that included references to women of color, but sufficient to begin to highlight the differences in theory. The theme “genital mutilation” was offered under the “Links” section, thus focusing on the only specific racial issue as one of victim. This is similar to Audre Lorde’s criticism of Mary Daly’s Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Rdical Feminism. Lorde stated that Daly’s handling of non-European women was “only as victims or preyers-upon each other” and that “to imply, however, that all women suffer the same oppression simply because we are women is to lose sight of the many varied tools of patriarchy.” 28 Feminist.com’s objectives appear not to be in agreement with this position, as the site seems to be intentionally avoiding issues of racial and sexual difference. A section on lesbian/gay/ transgendered links was available in the “Resources” section, but no other references to sexuality were provided. A search of the site for the term “lesbian” produced 47 links, but most were to answers to questions in the “Ask Amy” section or sporadic news references. While not overtly exclusive, the site appears to focus on the issues that women share and disregards the uniqueness of that experience, thus potentially invoking Lorde’s danger of women without awareness of these issues working against each other. Feminist.com utilizes some banner advertising (Ms. Magazine ads were prominent) to support the site, but its “Marketplace” is to be commended for resisting

Authors: Royal, Cindy.
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Representations of Race and Sexuality on Feminist Web Sites
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women’s movement. The answer provided several African-American women with
descriptions of their contributions, as well as a few white women and women of Native
American background. The answer also identified several books and resources about
black women’s roles in history. Under the “Resources” section, sporadic references
were available that included references to women of color, but sufficient to begin to
highlight the differences in theory. The theme “genital mutilation” was offered under the
“Links” section, thus focusing on the only specific racial issue as one of victim. This is
similar to Audre Lorde’s criticism of Mary Daly’s Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Rdical
Feminism. Lorde stated that Daly’s handling of non-European women was “only as
victims or preyers-upon each other” and that “to imply, however, that all women suffer
the same oppression simply because we are women is to lose sight of the many varied
tools of patriarchy.”
28
Feminist.com’s objectives appear not to be in agreement with this
position, as the site seems to be intentionally avoiding issues of racial and sexual
difference.
A section on lesbian/gay/ transgendered links was available in the “Resources”
section, but no other references to sexuality were provided. A search of the site for the
term “lesbian” produced 47 links, but most were to answers to questions in the “Ask
Amy” section or sporadic news references. While not overtly exclusive, the site appears
to focus on the issues that women share and disregards the uniqueness of that
experience, thus potentially invoking Lorde’s danger of women without awareness of
these issues working against each other.
Feminist.com utilizes some banner advertising (Ms. Magazine ads were
prominent) to support the site, but its “Marketplace” is to be commended for resisting


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