[NetBehaviour] .dpi 28 (Fall 2013) Feminist Journal of Art and Digital Culture

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.dpi 28 (Fall 2013) Feminist Journal of Art and Digital Culture

Themed Section: Gender(ed) Cultures on the Internet

Guest Editor: Jennifer Chan

In the Themed Section of its 28th issue, .dpi is looking at the internet 
as a heterogenous space that allows for the deliberation and challenging 
of gender ideals. On the internet, like-minded users find communities of 
interest based on mobilizing conversations around feminism and 
masculinism alike. Donna Haraway and Coco Fusco suggest that the early 
internet may have precipitated emancipatory potentials for the 
performance of gender, as receding boundaries between bodies and 
machines would allow for historically invisibilized and marginal gender 
subjectivities to be heard. Conversely, the imbalanced history of 
representational structures upheld by museum and academic art 
institutions run up against these optimistic intentions on the internet. 
In light of a vast majority of Wikipedia editors identifying as male and 
recurring uproars over representation disparity in video games and net 
art, the gaps in representation of women and queer people in technology 
and new media art remain unexplained and unresolved. On one hand, the 
complex, intertwined relationship between social discourse and 
representations of gender online could be examined, since rigid ideals 
of masculinity and femininity are still dominant in online communities 
like OKCupid et AskMen and MPUA (pickup artists) forums. On the other, 
artistic practice that co-opts and/or questions these definitions may 
open doors for new ways of understanding the social construction of gender.

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