Women & The Internet
Creating New Cultures in Cyberspace
By D.N. Prasad
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
$35.00 Paper original
Although the early settlements in cyberspace have tended to be male-dominated, diversity does exist on the Internet. In fact, a 1994-95 study revealed that women comprise 34% of Internet users. Feminism, as it came of age in the 1960s, often equated technoscience with the Vietnam War and with forces in opposition to nature and life. Postmodern feminist theory of the 1980s, on the other hand, can be called technomania rather than technophobia because it extolled the notion that technology was creating a race of cyborgs. Cyberspace is a medium of electronic communication used by individuals in technologically advanced contexts and countries in particular social configurations.
Cyberspace is a new medium with slippery categories, and ways of thinking about one part of cyberspace (say, email) reflect ways of conceptualizing it as a whole. The predicaments of social life in physical space are replicated in cyberspace. Cyberpsace is an extension of physical space, and experiences in cyberspace as a matter of course spill over to physical space to affect an individual's physical and local life. Thus the images women choose and websites they build exemplify highly conventional roles and ideas women feel safe presenting before strangers.
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