My Online Feminist Life

My feminism was born and continues to live online. The World Wide Web has been a constant and central aspect of to my feminist education, and continues to do so with my feminist activism.

It all started my junior year of high school. I took a feminism class. The words “fierce” and “fabulous” were in the course title, so we were off to a good start. My teacher, Ileana Jiménez, used so many different tools to educate and inspire. We were able to get a holistic feminist education through literature, to history, to art… to the internet.

My feminist education was not only enhanced and furthered by online work generated by strangers, women and men writers with degrees in gender studies and full time jobs at hip and cutting edge blogs, but also by my own producing of work which would be posted on line. The feminism class blog, FtotheFirstPower, was my first online platform to publish my own work, feminist or otherwise. The stakes felt higher when I was writing for the feminism blog than with any other class work. Not only was that work accessible to people all over the world, it was permanent.

As a budding feminist, I started to read more and more feminist online work on my own time. A constant favorite of mine has been a blog called Jezebel. I like reading this blog because I am able to stay informed and knowledgeable about current events, through a feminist lens.

I also started working for one of these feminist blogs. SPARK is a girl-fueled movement which fights the sexualization and objectification of girls and women in the media. I am part of this movement, writing for the blog and taking part in various activist work.

I love online activism. I love the cross pollination which occurs with different organizations and activists. I love the community which has been formed, where feminist activists can support each other and discus pressing issues, where young feminists without any type of community in the real world can find solidarity. I am excited for the places I see online feminism going, for the time that, as Courtney Marin put it on thenation.com, “bloggers, organizers, philanthropists and business experts alike—to put our heads together and figure out how to create a robust, sustainable online space that can serve as the “women’s center in the sky” (as Gloria Steinem recently put it to me) for the next generation.”

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