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Date & Time
February 11, 2016 - 4:15pm
Levinthal Hall
424 Santa Teresa Street Stanford Humanities Center
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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The Promise and Peril of Online Feminism with Alison Crossley


Does feminism thrive because of online efforts? Or does the Internet perpetuate toxic interactions and feckless activism? In this talk, Crossley argues that online feminism is critical to the continuity of the feminist movement. Crossley’s research finds that online feminism fosters feminist communities, enlarges and nourishes feminist networks, and expands recruitment bases for both on and offline feminist mobilization. At the same time, however, feminists experience hostility online, often having significant consequences. The tensions between the promise and peril of online feminism illuminate complexities in the movement, as well as the persistence of inequality. Employing both intersectional and historical perspectives, Crossley contributes to conversations about the endurance of the feminist movement and the benefits and drawbacks of Internet organizing.

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This event is part of our 2015-16 theme, Intersections:  Breaking Barriers & Binaries


  • Alison Crossley
    • Associate Director
    • Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-16
    • Faculty Director, Graduate Voice & Influence Program 2015-16
    • Graduate Voice & Influence Program 2014-15
    • Graduate Voice & Influence Program 2013-14
    Alison Dahl Crossley is the Associate Director of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She leads the Institute's strategic focus, operations, and academic and community relations, including the Institute’s fellowship programs and programming. She co-organized the Institute's Online Feminism Conference, drawing a diverse group of scholars and activists from across the country to discuss the challenges and...