Thursday, May 26, 2005

Gurl wide web

You should check it out here.

Don't worry you are allowed to browse without being a member. The first chapter of Girl wide web is about this site so I thought I'd check it out.

When I read the chapter I did not realise what a strongly commercial site it is; the book does explain this but I fogot, in fact, even while I was reading. maybe I forgot since the chapter focuses so strongly on the girls' voices rather than that of the host which seems to be Girl Cosmo.
Here are Grisso and Weiss talking about the site:

'...we see a troubling paradox on gURL.com. ... When girls stray too far, speak too explicitly, or express excessive agency, they are quickly reined in, reminded by other members of the community that certain larger societal expectations must still be met ....message s of patriarchy, androcentrism, and heteronormativity .... inevitably intrude into the constructed world of gURL.com'
(page 45)

It is all a bit depressing actually, but ...

Check it out and see what you think.


Perhaps I'll do a girlie post tomorrow for light relief.
But in the meantime, check out these LEGS!

2 comments:

Kate said...

God I love Flickr. It is like a narrative of identity which moves constantly across different constellations (am feeling brainy).
Anyway, it is over and out for this commenter as I am going far far away Islay where the Internet Cafe in Port Ellen is at least 15 miles away and full of bored teenagers.
Think of me on far away beaches...with my new Sony Cybershot as recommended by yes it was Dr Joolz!

Joolz said...

Oooh have a lovely time and get loadsa photos.

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