eGirls, eCitizens : Putting Technology, Theory and Policy into Dialogue with Girls’ and Young Women’s Voices

eGirls, eCitizens : Putting Technology, Theory and Policy into Dialogue with Girls’ and Young Women’s Voices

By Jane Bailey
Book Description

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.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • 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
  • Bibliography
  • Contributors
  • Index
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