Tag: facebook

Facebook failed to curtail gender-based hate speech

Congrats to Women, Action and Media for their successful campaign to push Facebook to deal with violent misogynist content. Facebook routinely deletes offensive content, but has long allowed really awful rape jokes and graphic images of beaten women to remain on their pages. And that’s the rub: This isn’t a pure free speech issue. Facebook isn’t the government, and people who post offensive comments aren’t being hauled off by the police. Since Facebook is a private company, it can control what users post. And Facebook decided that certain kinds of offensive content aren’t ok. By leaving up violent misogynist content while removing other content deemed offensive, Facebook was drawing a line between “acceptable” and “unacceptable,” and putting misogyny squarely in the “acceptable” category. Glad to see they’re working on fixing that. And glad to see so many awesome women and men putting on the pressure.

“Killing your hooker” on Facebook

A guest-post by Miranda from Women’s Glib. It has come to my attention that there is a Facebook fan page entitled, “Killing your hooker so you don’t have to pay her.” The page boasts such updates as, “Ever stab your…

Facebook for the Rich; MySpace for the Poor?

Earlier research showed that the social networking choice between Facebook, MySpace and Xanga was based on the users’ race, ethnicity, and education, with Latino students trending toward MySpace, white students trending toward Facebook, and Asian and Asian-American students trending towards…

Find the Illegal Immigrant

Calling all patriots: Come support the NYU College Republicans this Thursday in protecting our beloved nation from the influx of brown people illegals. If there’s one thing that anti-immigrant nuts aren’t, it’s racist! (Picture from an actual Minutemen rally). Oh…

I Just Love Your… Brain

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo illustrates why celibacy is not a cure for the belief that women are objects to be obtained and owned. Download the Word document and read the whole thing. It’s interesting, because I know a lot of guys…

Anorexia Before Spring Break

On a Xanga blog ring called the Bikini Coming Soon Challenge, one 19-year-old related the anxieties she was experiencing only days after returning from a week on the beach with friends: “Tonight I was looking on Facebook at people’s albums…

Fighting the Right

A great new blog by fellow NYU feminist Lauren Schreiber: Fighting the Right. And, because I’m a facebook stalker, I read Lauren’s profile and found this quote that I enjoyed and thought I’d reproduce here: Because women’s work is never…