The Feminist Internet
The internet is a virtual space that reflects the society we live in, it is a human-made system so of course it’s going to be patriarchal, we live in a patriarchy after all (sadly). It is, however a space that we have the power to reach wide audiences and make a change, with the push of a button. If you’re infuriated by the trolls on Facebook that make fun of you for being ‘a PC snowflake feminazi with no hope of getting a boyfriend’ for just pointing out that something is a bit sexist, then you are not alone. But it’s not only trolling, sexisms feed into every aspect of the online world. From gender based harassment, all the way to the underappreciated women in the Tech industry, e.g. Katherine Johnson (Badass woman of colour that calculated the trajectory for Apollo 11). We at the Feminist Internet, want to answer this, how do we become the antibody that battles online misogyny? Can we take steps to make the internet a more feminist space? Can we design equal futures?
The internet is a new world, the domestic internet is only about 20 years old. It holds the key to the future of the world, and it’s up to us as humans, to mould the internet into a space that is fair and equal for all. Feminist Internet aim not to revolt against the internet, but to accept that it’s part of our future and to use it to design equal futures for both online and offline.
The Feminist Internet is a grass-roots collective, formed by UAL Futures. We are a collective of young people who were raised with the internet, who want the internet to be better, who believe in equality. We created a manifesto, that embodies our values and feeds into everything that we do, this is...
The Feminist Internet…
If the Feminist Internet is successful, we will have erased the need for feminism. It creates a world where nobody is oppressed, silenced, exposed or confined based on sex, gender, race or disability. It is a space that causes no harm, and where all people are equal.
Integrates the Physical and the Digital
The Feminist Internet moves fluidly between the online and offline, understanding that both make up the everyday experiences of those with access to the internet. We use the online to affect change offline, and the offline to affect change online.
Cooperates Not Competes
The Feminist Internet is against the competitive individualism of today’s world. It believes in collectively building an internet where information and opportunities can be accessed by all. It is not driven by a profit motive, but by a belief in the power of solidarity.
The Feminist Internet enables the systematic dismantling of all forms of online violence including rape culture, hate speech, and trolling. It abolishes unlawful rape porn sites/pornography and any other material contributing to rape culture.
The Feminist Internet sees value not in money and profit, but in human bodies and the forms of exchange they perform, such as positively contributing to the internet, doing housework, or volunteering. It redefines value by understanding capital as social, cultural and emotional, and that value should not be exploited for oppressive means.
Confronts Uncomfortable Truths
The Feminist Internet looks itself in the mirror and is aware of its own privileges and powers. It acknowledges the negative experiences of marginalised groups, and supports their online movements towards greater equality. It does not swamp its users with distractions from the needs and concerns of their global peers.
The Feminist Internet challenges preconceptions of gender to bring a variety of experiences to the surface. It does not guide or police experiences according to perceived gender and allows all experiences to be broadcast, erasing the limiting myth of the universal ‘type’ of person.
The Feminist Internet believes that education is the key to eradicating ignorance and prejudice. Through listening to and learning from its multitude of voices and their stories, it asserts that there is no one universal experience or learning style. It enables access to all information, but particularly promotes education around sexual health and identity politics.
Together with the manifesto points, the feminist internet creates events that educate the general public on how to be an antibody...to fight back against the cyber-sexist virus. From March 16th - 18th, Feminist Internet is joining forces with The Photographers Gallery series of weekend-long events called ‘geekender’. The geekender will consist of a series of talks, workshops, interactive experiences and performances that bring together the manifesto and identity of Feminist Internet. Stay tuned for updates on the event on our Facebook event and Instagram.
The future doesn’t have to be dark, we have the power to change our future. With Trump in power, war and multiple dystopian-realities it is hard to think about a brighter future. With a virus, comes an antidote. It is with technology and great minds we will be able to design a better future for generations to come. The first step you can take in destroying the virus, is becoming the antibody.