eGirls, eCitizens
Jane Bailey (editor)
Politics & Social Sciences
eGirls, eCitizens

eGirls, eCitizens is a landmark work that explores the many forces that shape girls’ and young women’s experiences of privacy, identity, and equality in our digitally networked society. Drawing on the multi-disciplinary expertise of a remarkable team of leading Canadian and international scholars, as well as Canada’s foremost digital literacy organization, MediaSmarts, this collection presents the complex realities of digitized communications for girls and young women as revealed through the findings of The eGirls Project ( and other important research initiatives.

Aimed at moving dialogues on scholarship and policy around girls and technology away from established binaries of good vs bad, or risk vs opportunity, these seminal contributions explore the interplay of factors that shape online environments characterized by a gendered gaze and too often punctuated by sexualized violence.

Perhaps most importantly, this collection offers first-hand perspectives collected from girls and young women themselves, providing a unique window on what it is to be a girl in today’s digitized society.

Available for purchase in print at University of Ottawa Press.

Table of Contents
Introduction: Cyber-Utopia? Getting Beyond the Binary Notion of Technology as Good or Bad for Girls
Part I: It’s Not That Simple: Complicating Girls’ Experiences on Social Media
Chapter I: A Perfect Storm: How the Online Environment, Social Norms, and Law Shape Girls’ Lives
Chapter II: Revisiting Cyberfeminism: Theory as a Tool for Understanding Young Women’s Experiences
Chapter III: Thinking Beyond the Internet as a Tool: Girls’ Online Spaces as Postfeminist Structures of Surveillance
Part II: Living in a Gendered Gaze
Chapter IV: The Internet and Friendship Seeking: Exploring the Role of Online Communication in Young, Recently Immigrated Women’s Social Lives
Chapter V: “She’s Just a Small Town Girl, Living in an Online World”: Differences and Similarities between Urban and Rural Girls’ Use of and Views about Online Social Networking
Chapter VI: “Pretty and Just a Little Bit Sexy, I Guess”: Publicity, Privacy, and the Pressure to Perform “Appropriate” Feminity on Social Media
Chapter VII: Girls and Online Drama: Aggression, Surveillance, or Entertainment?
Chapter VIII: BBM Is Like Social Networking and the Digital Mediation of Teens’ Sexual Cultures
Part III: Dealing with Sexualized Violence
Chapter IX: Rape Threats and Revenge Porn: Defining Sexual Violence in the Digital Age
Chapter X: Motion to Dismiss: Bias Crime, Online Communication, and the Sex Lives of Others in NJ v. Ravi
Chapter XI: Defining the Legal Lines: eGirls and Intimate Images
Chapter XII: “She’s Such a Slut!”: The Sexualized Cyberbullying of Teen Girls and the Education Law Response
Part IV: eGirls, eCitizens
Chapter XIII: Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship: Approaches to Girls’ Online Experiences
Chapter XIV: Security and Insecurity Online: Perspectives from Girls and Young Women
Chapter XV: Transformative Works: Young Women’s Voices on Fandom and Fair Use
Chapter XVI: I Want My Internet! Young Women on the Politics of Usage-Based Billing
Conclusion: Looking Forward
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