Cybersexism Panel, Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015





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Published on Sep 6, 2015

How did the internet become unsafe for women?

Featuring Clementine Ford, Emma Jane, and Laurie Penny.

Julia Baird (Chair)

Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. She writes on feminism, pop culture and social issues and her writing appears regularly on Daily Life. She is a strong voice against victim blaming and trolling as in her recent commentary on Channel 7’s Sunrise’s stance on women who take nude photos and her response to being banned from her own Facebook account for posting screenshots of the obscene messages she had received online after making her views public.

Emma Jane is an academic, author and media commentator who is currently running a three year federally-funded research project into the impact of gendered cyberhate. Online misogyny, cyberbullying, and digital mobs are the current foci of her ongoing research into the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Prior to commencing her academic career, Dr Jane spent nearly 25 years working in the print, electronic, and online media.

Laurie Penny is a feminist, journalist and author. Her books include Unspeakable Things (2014), Cybersexism (2013) and Meat Market (2011). She writes and speaks on social justice, pop culture, gender issues and digital politics for numerous news sources including The Guardian, The New York Times, Vice and Salon.


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