Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Virtual Gender/Judy Wajcman

Leave a comment

The idea that people can take on new gender roles via the Internet, is expressed in “Virtual Gender.” Wajcman states that, “Cyberspace provides a risk-free enironment where people can engage in the intimacy they both desire and fear.” The fact that you can not be seen means you could potentially create a new person, that you can be a new, different you. This can be true of online dating or even online chatting. She suggests that many more men adopt a female persona than vice versa.

Wajcman sites the example of a middle-aged male psychaitrist, who came up with a female alternate identity online. This new identity took the form of a hadicapped woman who gave advice through chatrooms to many women. When the “followers” found out that their heroine was merely just a cross-dressing man they felt betrayed. I find it a little unnerving that people could take their fantasies this far. In essence, though, this could be happening all the time without anyone knowing. Nevertheless, the Internet is a way for a person to be just about anyone they want to be, regardless of “what’s down under”.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s