Making Discrimination Known
By Katherine Bigley
In Chapter 20 of David Gauntlett and Ross Horsley’s book of Web Studies, they discuss the changes of women and their uses of online resources. The chapter elaborates how women are using the Web to help stop violence against women, how the Internet has enabled a vast outreach in women’s networking and organizing, and how women are creating new cross-cultural connections on the Web. It was interesting to read how women are spreading the political word about violence and discrimination against women quickly and effectively through the internet. This “cyberfight,” (an internet campaign against women’s sexual exploitation) has increased awareness and support for women’s rights internationally. Additionally, the only reason these cyber-networks work is when they do not constantly flood women’s email inboxes with information frequently, but rather focus on specific important issues to make known.
This chapter was very informative in explaining why women use the internet to spread their messages, and how in some countries it is culturally dangerous for them to voice their opinions. “Women NonGovernmental Organizations are established to promote women’s awareness and advocacy for gender, political, social, and economic equity are more and more using the internet,” (247). The social gap between women and men using the internet is shrinking daily, because the access women have to the internet is expanding.