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The Visibility Trap: Sexism, Surveillance & Social Media

ISBN: 9781848408012
€16.95
A feminist guide to navigating self-representation on social media.
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Digital technologies provide a new type of public space
that has revolutionised the way women express themselves,
putting the power of representation in female hands as no
media before. But there is a dark side to this increased visibility
that remains under-explored. In an era when technology is
becoming more deeply entwined with our lives than ever, The
Visibility Trap blends feminism and media studies to make sense
of our always-on culture and its impact on women. For readers,
it offers timely guidance and critical tools to navigate the
downsides of life online to help build better, wiser relationships
with technology.
Combining commentary with expert insight, Dr Mary McGill
guides us through the workings of ‘the visibility trap’, where the
technologies that enable women to express themselves online also
subject them to unparalleled levels of gender-based discipline and
abuse. By normalising new and deeply intrusive forms of criticism,
comparison and shaming, social media’s panoptic gaze picks apart
not only women’s bodies, but their minds and emotions too. Drawing
on current research and real-life testimonies, covering everything
from the Kardashian Industrial Complex (KIC) to image-based
sexual abuse, aka ‘revenge porn’, The Visibility Trap explores this
contradiction and its consequences for women, providing urgent
insights on how we can build healthier, truly social and positive
digital spaces for the women of today and tomorrow.

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Digital technologies provide a new type of public space
that has revolutionised the way women express themselves,
putting the power of representation in female hands as no
media before. But there is a dark side to this increased visibility
that remains under-explored. In an era when technology is
becoming more deeply entwined with our lives than ever, The
Visibility Trap blends feminism and media studies to make sense
of our always-on culture and its impact on women. For readers,
it offers timely guidance and critical tools to navigate the
downsides of life online to help build better, wiser relationships
with technology.
Combining commentary with expert insight, Dr Mary McGill
guides us through the workings of ‘the visibility trap’, where the
technologies that enable women to express themselves online also
subject them to unparalleled levels of gender-based discipline and
abuse. By normalising new and deeply intrusive forms of criticism,
comparison and shaming, social media’s panoptic gaze picks apart
not only women’s bodies, but their minds and emotions too. Drawing
on current research and real-life testimonies, covering everything
from the Kardashian Industrial Complex (KIC) to image-based
sexual abuse, aka ‘revenge porn’, The Visibility Trap explores this
contradiction and its consequences for women, providing urgent
insights on how we can build healthier, truly social and positive
digital spaces for the women of today and tomorrow.

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