Cyberfeminism: Connectivity, Critique and Creativity

Cyberfeminism: Connectivity, Critique and Creativity

Cyberfeminism: Connectivity, Critique and Creativity

Cyberfeminism: Connectivity, Critique and Creativity

Synopsis

An international anthology of writings on cyberculture and feminist interventions. A diverse and at times fractious discussion of issues raised by these new forms of cultural expression. The contributors engage with a range of questions including: What is cyberfeminism? How does feminism influence multimedia production? What are the possibilities for feminist activism and research on the internet? How are colonisation, cybersex and virtuality to be theorised? How do these technologies affect our theories about bodies and minds? And what are the implications for creative artists?

Excerpt

This morning there was a message on my desk from rawa, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. rawa is the only feminist organisation of Afghanistan which is fighting for the human rights of Afghan women. They have requested us to send them a message of solidarity which will be read at their International Women’s Day celebration. I look at the long list of signatures below the message. There are about a hundred women and men from practically all over the world who have signed to show their solidarity with rawa. As I sit in front of my computer in Thailand and try to compose an email message, I have no doubt that it will reach the rawa office in Islamabad in time for the celebration even though there is only a day left until International Women’s Day. So much of my professional communication is now done via email that I am beginning to take such immediacy for granted. in the women’s ngo I work for in Thailand now, we receive approximately fifty emails every day and send just as many, or even more. We network with women’s groups from practically every corner of the world. We exchange information, initiate signature campaigns and send letters of petition. We also visit each others’ Web sites and often make new contacts through such visits. It is difficult to think back to a time when there were no such things as emails and Web sites.

And yet I started using the Internet only three years ago. Coincidentally, over the last three years I have also done some travelling. While I lived in Australia for nearly three years, a large

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