Online feminist activism is the greatest innovation for feminism in 50 years, yet it is simultaneously “in crisis” because it is “underfunded and unsustainable,” according to a 2013 report called #FemFuture: Online Revolution” (BCRW, Volume 8). A New York Magazine cover story (October 30, 2011) proclaimed the ‘Rebirth of the Feminist Manifesto’ through feminist blogs. In the article, twenty-something feminist blogger, Shelby Knox, described the blogs as her generations’ “version of consciousness-raising groups.” The emergence of digital media, and particularly blogs, represents a crucial new force for civic participation that holds the potential to destabilize old hierarchies, such as gender inequality. Relying on a mixed, augmented methodology of ethnography, content analysis and interviews with bloggers who identify as “feminist” or “womanist,” this explores the implications of “#femfuture” through an intersectional lens of gender, critical race theory and political economy.
Jessie Daniels (PhD, MA, Sociology, UT-Austin) is an internationally recognized expert on the Internet manifestations of racism. She is the author of two books about race and various forms of media, White Lies and Cyber Racism, as well as dozens of peer-reviewed articles. For 2012-2013, she is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, and her latest project is JustPublics@365, an initiative funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation that is intended to reimagine scholarly communication in the digital era for the public good. Since 2007, Daniels has maintained a scholarly blog, RacismReview, which regularly gets 200,000 unique visitors each month, and has received well over than 2 million visitors since it began. Forbes Magazine recently named her one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter.” You can find her on Twitter: @JessieNYC.
Cosponsored with JustPublics@365.