“The internet is like a mirror to society, so although it has lots of powerful social and political potential, it also tends to reflect society’s inequalities,” says Feminist Internet founder Charlotte Webb.
“For example, the way women’s bodies are used as commodities in consumer culture is amplified on social media, and prejudices against members of LGBTQ+ communities are reflected in forms of online abuse targeted at people on the basis of their sexuality,” Webb tells Culture Trip.
“At Feminist Internet, we want to raise awareness about how the internet can reinforce these (and other) inequalities, and get people on board to help steer it in a more positive direction.”
Addressing key issues both on- and offline, the collective has hosted a seminar series of women-led discussions on critical issues from the future of work to visibility and representation, as well as a digital clinic at London’s Somerset House. The clinic explores the role technology plays in the development, production and consumption of art and culture.
“Through our events, we want to share practical ways people can tackle issues of gender inequality, and not just stay in an academic debate about it – although we think this is important too,” Feminist Internet member Sabrina Faramarzi tells Culture Trip.
From 16 – 18 March, the collective is hosting Geekender, a weekend takeover at The Photographers Gallery focussed on the censorship and subversion of nipples.
The event will explore issues of power, gender and technology with interactive performances, events and workshops including a ‘Wikipedia Edit-a-thon’, where guests will learn how to edit Wikipedia in order to address knowledge gaps about women, gender, feminism, and the arts.
Working together with groups such as Glitch!UK and Amnesty International to recognise how class, privilege, race, ability or disability, sexuality and gender can play a part in the way people can experience inequality, “Geekender, along with all of our events, will aim to engage the public with our cause, and communicate why it’s important,” says Faramarzi.
“It’s also about bringing our manifesto to life, because we believe that change online affects the offline, and vice versa.”
Tickets for Geekender are available online here.