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MLK Luncheon: Kishonna Gray
April 5 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pmFree
The Invisible Majority: Centering the Experiences of the Marginalized in Contemporary Gaming Culture
Women’s and Gender Studies and CMS/Writing
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
11:45 AM- 1:00 PM
Location: Student Center Coffeehouse Lounge, W20-308
Please RSVP to Shauna Bush-Fenty firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know of any dietary restrictions.
Women and people of color constitute a significant portion of the gaming community with extreme consumption power. Yet they are largely ignored by the gaming industry. Much of the information that is available on the experiences of Black and Latino gamers in particular stem from online communities that these gamers have created – forums, blogs, Tumblr, Facebook, etc. Previous research on these pages highlight two important points: (1) the video gaming industry has all but ignored minority gamers in character, video game content, and advertising; and (2) the default gamer has yet to welcome minority gamers, often lashing out in inflammatory ways within digital gaming communities. This presentation will examine gaming content – from stereotypical representations to more recent, progressive content, and also experiences online.
#Misogynoir, #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, and other forms of Black Digital Feminisms
MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W)
December 9, 2016
Women of color have a variety of responses when employing digital technologies for empowerment. New communication technologies have expanded the opportunities and potential for marginalized communities to mobilize in this context counter to the dominant, mainstream media. This growth reflects the mobilization of marginalized communities within virtual and real spaces reflecting a systematic change in who controls the narrative. No longer are mainstream media the only disseminators of messages or producers of content. Women, in particular, are employing social media to highlight issues that are often ignored in dominant discourse. However, access itself neither ensures power nor guarantees a shift in the dominant ideology (as the use of #Misogynoir by Katy Perry reveals among other examples). Operating under the oppressive structures of masculinity, heterosexuality, and Whiteness that are sustained in digital spaces, marginalized women persevere and resist such hegemonic realities. Yet the conceptual frameworks intended to capture the digital lives of women cannot deconstruct the structural inequalities of these spaces.