eGirls, eCitizens

eGirls, eCitizens

Edited by: Jane Bailey, Valerie Steeves

518 Pages · 9x6 · April 23 2015

Paper ISBN: 9780776622576

PDF ISBN: 9780776622590

ePub ISBN: 9780776622583

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eGirls, eCitizens is a landmark work that explores the many forces that shape girls’ and young women’s experiences of privacy, identity, and equality in our digitally networked society. Drawing on the multi-disciplinary expertise of a remarkable team of leading Canadian and international scholars, as well as Canada’s foremost digital literacy organization, MediaSmarts, this collection presents the complex realities of digitized communications for girls and young women as revealed through the findings of The eGirls Project ( and other important research initiatives.

Aimed at moving dialogues on scholarship and policy around girls and technology away from established binaries of good vs bad, or risk vs opportunity, these seminal contributions explore the interplay of factors that shape online environments characterized by a gendered gaze and too often punctuated by sexualized violence.

Perhaps most importantly, this collection offers first-hand perspectives collected from girls and young women themselves, providing a unique window on what it is to be a girl in today’s digitized society.

Keywords: Privacy, identity, equality, online environment, women, cyberfeminism, policy

Introduction: Cyber-Utopia? Getting Beyond the Binary Notion of Technology as Good or Bad for Girls
    Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves

Part I: It’s Not That Simple: Complicating Girls’ Experiences on Social Media

  1. A Perfect Storm: How the Online Environment, Social Norms, and Law Shape Girls’ Lives
    Jane Bailey
  2. Revisiting Cyberfeminism: Theory as a Tool for Understanding Young Women’s Experiences
    Trevor Scott Milford
  3. Thinking Beyond the Internet as a Tool: Girls’ Online Spaces as Postfeminist Structures of Surveillance
    Akane Kanai

Part II: Living in a Gendered Gaze

  1. The Internet and Friendship Seeking: Exploring the Role of Online Communication in Young, Recently Immigrated Women’s Social Lives
    Assumpta Ndengeyingoma
  2. “She’s Just a Small Town Girl, Living in an Online World”: Differences and Similarities between Urban and Rural Girls’ Use of and Views about Online Social Networking
    Jacquelyn Burkell and Madelaine Saginur
  3. “Pretty and Just a Little Bit Sexy, I Guess”: Publicity, Privacy, and the Pressure to Perform “Appropriate” Feminity on Social Media
    Valerie Steeves
  4. Girls and Online Drama: Aggression, Surveillance, or Entertainment?
    Priscilla M. Regan and Diana L. Sweet
  5. BBM Is Like Social Networking and the Digital Mediation of Teens’ Sexual Cultures
    Jessica Ringrose and Laura Harvey

Part III: Dealing with Sexualized Violence

  1. Rape Threats and Revenge Porn: Defining Sexual Violence in the Digital Age
    Jordan Fairbairn
  2. Motion to Dismiss: Bias Crime, Online Communication, and the Sex Lives of Others in NJ v. Ravi
    Andrea Slane
  3. Defining the Legal Lines: eGirls and Intimate Images
    Shaheen Shariff and Ashley DeMartini
  4. “She’s Such a Slut!”: The Sexualized Cyberbullying of Teen Girls and the Education Law Response
    Gillian Angrove

Part IV: eGirls, eCitizens

  1. Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship: Approaches to Girls’ Online Experiences
    Matthew Johnson
  2. Security and Insecurity Online: Perspectives from Girls and Young Women
    Sarah Heath
  3. Transformative Works: Young Women’s Voices on Fandom and Fair Use
    Betsy Rosenblatt and Rebecca Tushnet
  4. I Want My Internet! Young Women on the Politics of Usage-Based Billing
    Leslie Regan Shade
Conclusion: Looking Forward
    Jane Bailey and Valerie Steeves