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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 5 reaching a larger audience, attracting advertisers, maintaining their old audience, or suffer from internal conflict and boredom.” 10 But at what price is the market model? As Simone de Beauvoir stated, “Women are conditioned, let me repeat it, not only by education which they receive directly from their parents and teachers, but also by what they read, by the myths communicated to them through the books they read – including those written by women – they are conditioned by the traditional image of women, and to break from this mold is something which they find very difficult indeed.” 11 Issues and Challenges of Cyberfeminism But when considering the potential of the Internet, all is not so bleak. The unique features of the Internet provide opportunities for a variety of discourses, even for those who have been marginalized. One of the criticisms of feminism is that there is no one feminism of which to speak. There are many visions of what it means to be a woman and the nature of gender differences. The Internet provides a space where debate of these issues can continue in an environment that is relatively free from societal oppression [not withstanding the observations of the current structure and design made above]. Radical feminists believe that women need to create spaces of their own, which are free from the dominance of men, thus rejecting the patriarchy. Luce Irigaray, who believed that female sexuality should be re-envisioned outside of the realm of male patriarchy, but did not believe in the radical version of feminism to completely segregate society, expressed that women need “to keep themselves apart from men long enough to learn to defend their desires, especially through speech, to discover the love for other women while sheltered from men’s imperious choices that put them in the position of

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Representations of Race and Sexuality on Feminist Web Sites
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reaching a larger audience, attracting advertisers, maintaining their old audience, or
suffer from internal conflict and boredom.”
10
But at what price is the market model? As
Simone de Beauvoir stated, “Women are conditioned, let me repeat it, not only by
education which they receive directly from their parents and teachers, but also by what
they read, by the myths communicated to them through the books they read – including
those written by women – they are conditioned by the traditional image of women, and
to break from this mold is something which they find very difficult indeed.”
11
Issues and Challenges of Cyberfeminism
But when considering the potential of the Internet, all is not so bleak. The unique
features of the Internet provide opportunities for a variety of discourses, even for those
who have been marginalized. One of the criticisms of feminism is that there is no one
feminism of which to speak. There are many visions of what it means to be a woman
and the nature of gender differences. The Internet provides a space where debate of
these issues can continue in an environment that is relatively free from societal
oppression [not withstanding the observations of the current structure and design made
above]. Radical feminists believe that women need to create spaces of their own, which
are free from the dominance of men, thus rejecting the patriarchy. Luce Irigaray, who
believed that female sexuality should be re-envisioned outside of the realm of male
patriarchy, but did not believe in the radical version of feminism to completely segregate
society, expressed that women need “to keep themselves apart from men long enough
to learn to defend their desires, especially through speech, to discover the love for other
women while sheltered from men’s imperious choices that put them in the position of


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