A disturbing trend i've been noticing (for quite sometime) is one of entitlement in online spaces. I could talk forever about this entitlement, as it erupts in literally every single space of the internet, but for the sake of brevity, I'll only be talking about it in feminist spaces. More specifically, I'll be talking about how it shows up on Guerrilla Feminism--the org I created five years ago.
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Last night, I was on a panel about digital activism and feminism that my rad intern, Lanni, put together for her final project for her Internship course. I sat on a panel with five other women from various Madison/WI organizations. It was a really great experience, and a much needed conversation.
I've been thinking a lot about this, and it makes me angry.
Within the realm of feminist activism (and feminist community), there is this cloud of judgment that hangs over those of us who activate our activism online. Even if we are demonstrating, flyering, etc on street level, our online activism is brushed aside--as if it doesn't even matter. It's not "good" enough.
A friend recently messaged me saying, "People are punching me in the face on the internet." She was receiving a lot of criticism for an article she wrote. Her message continued asking, "How do you stay true to who you are, and post freely while having to deal with hot tempered posters? You seem to handle it all well. It's a skill I'd like to learn."
Guerrilla: a member of a band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines.