Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Reply To: On Objectification of Sam, et al

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sonyakhanum
Participant

On the Gamergate issue, here’s a recent interesting article:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/21/gamergate-angry-men-harassing-women

From the article:

“When I wrote about online misogyny for the Guardian in 2007, I spoke to then-postgraduate student Alice Marwick. As Marwick, now a professor at Fordham University in New York and author of Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age, said then: “The promise of the early internet was that it would liberate us from our bodies, and all the oppressions associated with prejudice. We’d communicate soul-to-soul, and get to know each other as people, rather than judging each other based on gender or race.”

What really happened was that people’s default online identity was always presumed to be white and male, and anyone who complained about racism or sexism – or even brought up their race or gender – was seen as disturbing that supposed identity-free utopia. (Because “white male” isn’t an identity, right?)”