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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 3 provides universal access is unique to the online medium. But to date, men or male- dominated organizations provide most of the content on the Web, thus maintaining the existing power structure. And the content provided by women is much in the same patriarchal tradition. Simone de Beauvoir argues that women’s historical state of positional inferiority and their relative lack of creative output are the product of socially determined constructs and constraints. 4 Can the Internet provide opportunities to break from our creative limitations and offer women a room for self-expression free from residual ideology? Women in other fields, who are composers of music and film, have experienced difficulties in breaking from the imposed patriarchy in their work. In Susan McClary’s book Feminine Endings: Music, Gender and Sexuality, she found that “even though women have managed to enter into [musical] composition as professionals, they still face the problem of how to participate without unwittingly reproducing the ideologies that inform various levels of those discourses.” 5 What agency do women have in creating Internet content? Paulina Boorsook, feminist writer on staff at the magazine Wired asked and answered her own question: “Does the issue of gender and authorship matter? To me, gender and agency are inextricably bound up with each other, though necessarily not in one-to-one causal relationship.” 6 She believed that at Wired, with its male-dominated staff, it was common that women’s usage of technology would not be considered as separate, distinct or even relevant as that of men’s. This highlights the importance of women as active content creators in developing not only relevance, but agency to impact resulting online representations.

Authors: Royal, Cindy.
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Representations of Race and Sexuality on Feminist Web Sites
3
provides universal access is unique to the online medium. But to date, men or male-
dominated organizations provide most of the content on the Web, thus maintaining the
existing power structure. And the content provided by women is much in the same
patriarchal tradition. Simone de Beauvoir argues that women’s historical state of
positional inferiority and their relative lack of creative output are the product of socially
determined constructs and constraints.
4
Can the Internet provide opportunities to break
from our creative limitations and offer women a room for self-expression free from
residual ideology? Women in other fields, who are composers of music and film, have
experienced difficulties in breaking from the imposed patriarchy in their work. In Susan
McClary’s book Feminine Endings: Music, Gender and Sexuality, she found that “even
though women have managed to enter into [musical] composition as professionals, they
still face the problem of how to participate without unwittingly reproducing the ideologies
that inform various levels of those discourses.”
5
What agency do women have in creating Internet content? Paulina Boorsook,
feminist writer on staff at the magazine Wired asked and answered her own question:
“Does the issue of gender and authorship matter? To me, gender and agency are
inextricably bound up with each other, though necessarily not in one-to-one causal
relationship.”
6
She believed that at Wired, with its male-dominated staff, it was
common that women’s usage of technology would not be considered as separate,
distinct or even relevant as that of men’s. This highlights the importance of women as
active content creators in developing not only relevance, but agency to impact resulting
online representations.


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