Communication gone wired: Working toward a “practiced” cyberfeminism

Sibylle Gruber

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This article complicates concepts of gender and race in virtual environments by presenting a case study of an AfricanAmerican woman’s (Celie’s) on-line personalities.It discusses how one woman’s presence in a college classand her on-line contributions to a (cyber)community of peers influenced her and the group’s perspectives on violence and gender issues. The article shows that Celie’s interactions on a virtual forum are related to and an extension of a multitude of factors such as her upbringing, her schooling, her wish to succeed in an environment often inhospitable and hostileto her needs, and her gendered identity. A close analysis of her online voice provides a starting point for cyberfeminists to look more closely at virtual forums and their potential for enhancing student learning, diversity, and multiple perspectives in classroom environments. This article also encourages feministscholars to continue explorations centered around the multiple discourse strategies employed by participants in any given conversation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalInformation Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1999


  • Cyberfeminism
  • On-line diversity
  • On-line identity
  • Theories of electronic communication
  • Virtual community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Cultural Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Political Science and International Relations


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