Category Archives: Feminism and Technology

“… The emails also revealed that MediaDefender probably was negotiating with the New York Attorney General’s office to allow them access to information about users accessing pornographic material.”

One more example of the confluence of copyright “enforcement,” pornography, and the complete absence of privacy on the Internets explained here and here.

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The Internet and Your Job

From this article in the NYT: Every summer for the last four years, e-mail security company Proofpoint has surveyed large companies about their Internet security anxieties and the measures they are taking to protect themselves. The findings, of course, are … Continue reading

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Are You An Othered Feminist?

Twisty deconstructs that Are You A Feminist? Quiz making the rounds in two parts: Are You A Fake Feminist?   and “My PMS Disaster Level”: High I particularly liked this excerpt from the post at the first link: … Where … Continue reading

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Proprietary Digital Sex

From the AP: Kevin Alderman…[a] 46-year-old entrepreneur recognized four years ago that people would pay to equip their online selves — which start out with the smooth anatomy of a Barbie or Ken doll — with realistic genitalia and even … Continue reading

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AT&T Will Censor Internet Content, So The Government Doesn’t Have To!

The LA Times reports that AT&T censored a performance by Pearl Jam, in an article that notes: In a prominent nod to one of the festival’s lead sponsors, the logo for this year’s Lollapalooza concerts in Chicago includes the tag … Continue reading

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“Trembling in your schoolgirl uniform”

Girl in the Machine has a good but depressing post about the different ways game producers treat female and male protagonists. Here are two excerpts: … A Surivival Horror game that features a female protagonist tends to be slower-paced with … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Egg Donor? The British Government Wants the World to Know

From this article in the London Times: The birth certificates of children born from donated eggs and sperm would be marked with details of the way they were conceived, under proposals advanced yesterday [July 31, 2007]  by MPs and peers. … Continue reading

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EPIC Privacy Videos

Access them here; Colbert Report entry here.

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What the Federal Bureau of Prisons Doesn’t Trust Us to Interpret

From the New York Times: Experts have often wondered what proportion of men who download explicit sexual images of children also molest them. A new government study of convicted Internet offenders suggests that the number may be startlingly high: 85 … Continue reading

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“Porn 2.0: What Happens When Free Porn Meets Social Networking”

Via Alternet, an article about “amateur pornography” that discusses privacy concerns but not copyright issues.

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New Carnival of Feminists, With A Book Theme!

Here at The Hidden Side of a Leaf.

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Still Relevant – Frontline’s “American Porn”

Watch it here. Below is an excerpt from a review: … the real success of the program lies in its ability to provide tangible examples of the increasingly closer connection between pornography and community-sanctioned corporations. While not as visually enticing, … Continue reading

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More About Blogging While Female

Jenn at Reappropriate has an interesting post here. Below is an excerpt: …The intolerance towards female bloggers, therefore, is not just a disincentive towards female participation online, but it is an attack on feminism, itself. What male aggressors promote by … Continue reading

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Effects of Anonymity

Read Deindividuation and Seung Hui Cho at The Situationist. Below is an excerpt: Phil Zimbardo, in his great book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, describes”how a simple change in one’s external appearance can trigger dramatic changes … Continue reading

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“PS2, because your girlfriend bores you shitless”.

That’s the terminal tag line (see bottom right hand corner) for these ads for Sony Playstation 2: Via the f-word. –Ann Bartow

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“It’s different for girls: the importance of recognizing and incorporating equality in discussions of Internet speech”

Read Jennifer Barrigar’s essay here at “On the Identity Trail”.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Gay Bomb?

According to this report  from the local CBS affiliate in San Francisco,  an Air Force lab in Ohio proposed in 1994 that the Defense Department develop a “Gay Bomb,” a hormonal weapon  intended to  “turn” all enemy soldiers into homosexuals … Continue reading

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Freebie Ad For AT&T’s Ten Dollars Per Month DSL

Haven’t heard about AT&T’s bargain ten dollars per month DSL? The Consumerists theorizes this is because AT&T doesn’t want you to know about it: As part of a concession made to the FCC in order to get its mitts on … Continue reading

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Harriette A. Page, “Female Blogging: Issues of Identity, Relations and Play”

Really interesting paper with lots of data and links accessible here.

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Buy Thicker Curtains.

And keep them closed. And don’t go outdoors, because Google now offers “street view.” On a related note, I overheard two college students talking about why they change clothing in the bathroom stall of the women’s locker room at the … Continue reading

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There Was An Arrest, But Will There Be Justice?

From ABC News: ‘Most Wanted Accused Child Pornographer/Rapist’ Arrested in China: Former Deputy Allegedly Raped His Daughter, Posted the Video Online By PIERRE THOMAS, JACK DATE and THERESA COOK Kenneth John Freeman, described by the U.S. Marshals Service as “one … Continue reading

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Rape and Second Life

Here is an overview of the situation: Last month, two Belgian publications reported that the Brussels police have begun an investigation into a citizen’s allegations of rape — in Second Life. I am half convinced that the tantalizingly brief story, … Continue reading

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Website Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The audio of the New York City Bar Association’s May 3 program on “Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities” is now available for listening and/or download here. This program followed a recent New York City Bar report demonstrating that accessibility … Continue reading

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“The Sexual Politics of Google”

At Balkinization, Jack Balkin notes: When you type “she invented” into Google, it returns: Did you mean: “he invented” The same, by the way, also applies for Google searches for “she created,” “she succeeded,” and “she led.” Lest you think … Continue reading

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Does This Mean That Irony Is Dead? Or That Irony Isn’t Dead? I Get Confused.

Guess what? “ReputationDefender” aggressively defends its own reputation! In response to this post, I received the following e-mail (which I also obtained explicit permission to post here): Dear Prof. Bartow, We were admittedly disturbed to read your recent blog posting … Continue reading

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Something About The Timing Gives Me Pause

Over at Concurring Opinions, David Hoffman began a post about the WaPo article on Xoxohth’s “law school hotties” contest with these words: Reputation Defender is a new start-up that seeks to commodify internet self-help. According to yesterday’s WashingtonPost article on … Continue reading

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Does The Yahoo Avatar Pictured Below Look “Plus Sized” To You?

The blogger “One Jewish Dyke” writes that not only is this the largest female avatar available at Yahoo, but that if you choose it, your virtual clothing choices are very limited, which she notes is rather odd, because: In a … Continue reading

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We Are All Porn Search Engine Optimizers Now

When people end their blogs, pornographers and others often take over the blog’s URL. Bloggers who don’t keep their blogrolls updated may inadvertently be linking to, and increasing the search engine rank of, porn sites. This blog doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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Ann Bartow, “Some Peer-to-Peer, Democratically and Voluntarily Produced Thoughts About ‘The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom,’ By Yochai Benkler”

As my friend Siva Vaidhyanathan did before me, I wrote a review of Benkler’s (relatively) new book, which can be downloaded here. In fact, I mention Siva’s review in my review, so feel free to offer your review of my … Continue reading

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“…Computer scientist Frances E. Allen, whose work helped crack Cold War-era code and predict the weather, today will be named the first woman to receive her profession’s highest honor.”

From the LA Times: … The Assn. for Computing Machinery has granted the A.M. Turing Award for technical merit to no more than a few people each year since 1966. Winners include Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, who helped create … Continue reading

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