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Gamers Gone Wild

February 14, 2011 by


It’s no secret that the online video-game-verse is dominated by men—or, more precisely, by men’s most boyish versions of themselves. So when female gamers venture onto the virtual battlefield, they’re (predictably) greeted with juvenile come-ons and abuse from their less-evolved male co-players. At, female gamers record the  most offensive messages they’ve been subjected to […]

Social Media Trends Among Sex Workers

February 8, 2011 by


Several months ago, Craigslist bowed to pressure from state attorneys general and eliminated their “Adult Services” section. But AGs should probably put their celebrations on hold: a new study on the habits of sex workers reveals that prostitutes have long preferred Facebook over Craigslist for client recruitment. Columbia University Professor Sudhir Venkatesh interviewed 290 sex […]

Apparently, We’re Unhappy . . .

January 31, 2011 by


This National Post column about how Facebook exacerbates unhappiness—because seeing photoshopped pics of your friends partying is, like, totally depressing—takes an odd turn when the author talks about the effect Facebook has on women: Facebook one-upsmanship may have particular implications for women. As Meghan O’Rourke has noted in Slate, women’s happiness has been at an […]

Gender Equality Through Technology: Two Perspectives

January 21, 2011 by


In “Feminism and Free Markets: Friends or Foes?” (published by the Heritage Foundation in 1993), Deborah Walker writes: “There are natural differences between men and women and they manifest themselves in different ways. But I would argue that capitalism is responsible for technological advances which have changed the economic order from one in which physical […]