I was flipping through my Penguin Atlas of Women in the World: Fourth Edition again and saw a section called "Wired Women" all about how connected men and women are to the internet. Because of the nature of the internet -- how quickly it changes, how vast it is, etc. -- the technological gender gap is quickly closing in countries that have the means for widespread internet access.

But this section also points to an interesting dichotomy. The internet is incredible for helping women and working towards women's rights. Women's rights organizations have active websites and are present in social media. The feminist blogosphere certainly has a great position it takes advantage of in terms of spreading information about campaigns, news stories, personal experiences, global issues, and so forth.

Yet the internet is also where child pornography thrives. Adult predators target young boys and girls constantly. Women are bought and sold online. Global trafficking and sex tourism are easy to find if you know what you're looking for. The same source of political and social empowerment for women also spreads misogyny and sexism.

Ah, this wonderful world wide web. We have to take the good with the bad I suppose...

1 comments:

At Sun Jul 26, 01:40:00 AM Noelle said...

Hi, yeah, we do have to take the good with the bad, when it comes to the internet. the internet has helped me, (as a blind person,) a lot. It has allowed me to do things, that 20 years ago, someone else would have done for me. But there are a lot of bad things on the web too.

 

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