Feminist Current

Does Facebook have a misogyny problem?

| November 19, 2012


Artist: Feminist Current
Title: Feminist Current - Does Facebook have a misogyny problem?
Year: 2012
Length: 0:30:03 minutes (27.51 MB)
Format: 44.1kHz, 128Kbps

Show Notes:

With pages like Creepshots, the 12-year-old slut meme page, and pages dedicated to rape ‘jokes’, many have begun to ask the question: "Does Facebook have a misogyny problem?"

Soraya Chemaly wrote an article about some of these issues for Huffington Post in September, saying "...there is no being neutral in this situation. You either help change it or you actively tolerate it and encourage the perpetrators of violence by doing so."

So while Facebook claims it likes to err on the side of allowing people to express their opinions freely, they also make choices about what to censor and what to allow. Often what is allowed contributes to the objectification and sexualization of women or, quite literally, encourages hatred and violence against women.

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Soraya about sexism on Facebook, why it should be taken seriously, and how it could be addressed.

Soraya Chemaly is a feminist critic whose writing focuses on the role of gender in politics, religion, and the media. Her work is regularly published in The Huffington Post, Fem2.0, Alternet, and The Feminist Wire.

For more on Feminist Current visit: www.feministcurrent.com