"Cybersexism"­: Are Women Welcome on the Internet?

I came across this article this evening on my RSS and it resonated with me.


Its follow-up


1. Who are the people who perpetrate this conduct?

2. Why do they do it?

3. What do their actions say about our increased technologically-savy / modern society?

4. Does modernity necessarily translate to civility?

5. What role, if any,  do traditional gender roles play? 

A few more useful study links:

http://onforb.es/19f1m1E  (excellent Forbes article)

http://bit.ly/KzHHy4 (excellent book review of THE book on topic)

http://bit.ly/19AOlQ6­ (Playboy article)

Feel free to submit your own article links below.

Again, I urge you to dress warmly as the Eagle's Nest isn't the best heated. With this said we again are offered the space free and everyone is encouraged to order additional food and beverages.

The rules for this meet are simple:

1. Be civil
2. Be on time
3. Stay on topic
4. Speak to the moderator to reply and not to the last speaker if you disagree.

5. Read and watch the materials before attending for context and understanding.

6. Be ready to talk. This is a "no wallflower" zone.

See you there!

NOTE:  The images reproduced here do not reflect my views and are for illustrative purposes only.  They were created by others for either the amusement of others or to illustrate the depth and importance this issue holds for the creators.

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  • Steve

    February 14, 2014

  • Mo

    This conversation was long overdue and should take place more often in the public square.Thank you Steve for hosting this event.Thank you to all the participants for a very nuanced and informative discussion.Keep it up.

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    would have loved to have joined you all, but I had to work today. I often work Saturdays, but don't usually know until a couple of days before.

    February 8, 2014

  • Kathryn F.

    I had such an enjoyable and lively experience participating in the controversial discussion topic re: cyber sexism today. Steve, the group leader/moderator. kept the discussion flowing and offered us the ability to fully consider the issue. Thanks to my fellow participants and to Steve for organizing and contributing to such a topical and important dialogue. I'll take part in another conversation very soon. -Kathryn

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I actually study the online disinhibition effect for my grad school work, and it perfectly applies to this topic. Here's a popular press piece from Wired that explains what the effect is and it's relation to trolling and treating women poorly. Just food for thought.

    January 23, 2014

    • Steve

      Thanks for posting. Perhaps it was overlooked, but the article doesn't seem to go any deeper than the conduct itself. Is the high percentage of people who engage in this behavior male? Is the typical 'troll' as caricatured at the top of this page? The article does not say.

      January 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The actual scientific article about online disinhibition (the main article referenced in this piece) does not differentiate according to gender. It's a new big field of research. Not a lot of scientific pieces exist yet on how women are treated in games, but many labs are starting experiments to study that exact question. But for now, only the popular press seem to be publishing first-hand accounts and anecdotes.

      January 23, 2014

  • Steve

    These are all subsequent posted experiences after reading the Pacific Standard article.

    January 21, 2014

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