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    No safe space for women: The rise in digital surveillance in South Asia

No safe space for women: The rise in digital surveillance in South Asia

by Kashvi Chandok

Social media and modern-day technologies have made it simpler for women to share their opinions on important issues. However, the policed and politicised character of the digital environment in South Asia offers very little room for women to exist without negative consequences.

In my conversation on the increased use of digital means to communicate, agitate and reorganise certain […]

Using Automated Technologies to Assess LGBTI+ Status

by Lotte Wolff

Automated technology is increasingly part of the decision basis for refugee status. Alongside this, many countries in the ‘Global North’ grant individuals’ asylum if they have been persecuted in their country of origin for their gender identity or sexuality. In this article, Lotte Wolff explores how the highly subjective process of deciding someone’s gender or sexual identity […]

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    Online conferences: opening opportunities or reproducing inequality?

Online conferences: opening opportunities or reproducing inequality?

by Dr. Catherine Oliver

In our recent paper ‘(dis-)belonging bodies’, my co-author (Amelia Morris, University of Law) and I contended that academic conferences are spaces that centre masculinity and whiteness, meaning that ‘outsiders’ must work harder to ‘break into’ these spaces. The academic conference space is exceptional to the everyday work of academia, yet participating is a central demand, especially for […]

The politics of AI and scientific research on sexuality

by Jessica Sandelson

We are often told that there is no place for politics in objective research. The scientific tradition has built rigorous methodologies to get rid of bias, and presents itself as untouched by the messy social world. But what should we make of the claim that politics is irrelevant in science?

In late 2017, a forthcoming study in the Journal […]

What Statistics Show about Women in Science

by Jilian Woods

Women have always taken a backseat to their male counterparts in math and science careers. Despite the steady rise in women entering STEM fields since the 19th century, women still have to work tirelessly to prove that they are in fact cut out to share the scientific world with men.

Let’s take a look at the facts. A 2007 study […]

Commercial Surrogacy in India

by Anjora Sarangi

In a time when developments in science and technology are far outpacing human evolution, ethical dilemmas crop up with the commercialization of each new phenomenon. Surrogacy in India has recently emerged as a battleground for fierce debate on gendered ethics, morality, exploitation, rights, regulation and capitalism.

Surrogacy is a method of assisted reproduction in which a woman carries and gives […]

5 reasons why surveillance is a feminist issue

by Nicole Shephard   Surveillance is woven into our everyday lives. While this in itself is not new, what we experience today differs in scale from, say, covert surveillance photos of suffragettes, tabs on unions and protesters during the Cold War era, or even the practices of the GDR’s Stasi. Given the sheer variety and quantity of data constantly accumulated about any one […]

Where have all the cyberfeminists gone? Part 2

In a prequel to this post I have briefly introduced the history of the cyberfeminist movement and some developments leading to the status quo. Here, I would like to think about its legacy and potential contemporary relevance. In the introduction to Cyberfeminism 2.0, Gajjala and Ju Oh ask “where have all the cyberfeminists gone?” Were I prompted for a marginally informed guess, I […]

What was/is cyberfeminism? Part 1

 The World Wide Web recently celebrated its 20th birthday, commemorating April 30 1993, when this document effectively placed it in the public domain. For the first time, a wider public was able to access websites, produce content and organise online. One such early instance of online organising was cyberfeminism, a “largely nomadic, spontaneous, and anarchic” (Wilding et al. 1998:47) brand of feminist activism in what was then often […]

Is Erasing Menopause In Our Near Future? Is It A Desirable Feminist Project?

In this post, Jill Drouillard discusses recent scientific research on women and menopause. She asks the question whether it is desirable to erase menopause if we had the technology to do so and, furthermore, what that would mean for women and women’s bodies. Recent scientific publications increasingly contest the former belief that women’s biological clock will, as a matter of […]

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