This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism.
jon asked in comments:
I wonder, what would a feminist- and womanist-oriented social network look like?
(We might have readers unfamiliar with the term “womanist”, if so, see Renee Martin’s I’m not a feminist (and there is no but) and Ope Bukola’s meta-discussion following from that.)
I find this question a lot easier to answer in the negative (“what wouldn’t a feminist- and womanist-oriented social network look like?”), and my answers would include things like:
- packaging women users as a demographic product for sale to advertisers
- packaging women users as a demographic product for sale to people seeking relationships with women
- packaging women’s lives and identities as a product for the entertainment of other users
Ditto for replacing women with other marginalised or oppressed users. But I find it harder to answer it in the positive. What do you think?