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Brief Published: 13 Sep 2013

Feminism 3.0 – Debating Social Hostility


Throughout September, the Brighton Digital Festival brings artists and thinkers together for a series of events exploring tech culture. Feminist activists and writers, including British comedienne Bridget Christie and UK journalist Suzanne Moore, will be debating whether social media is making the internet a hostile place for women. 

Last month, Twitter introduced a “report tweet” button after a number of women were subjected to abuse on the platform. Stylus spoke with Moore ahead of the Brighton debate, entitled Feminism 3.0, about her views on the issues women face across the web.

“This is a cultural not technological issue, but many are asking how we make this new space a better place,” Moore commented. “Personally, I am beginning to question how much connectivity is actually good; politically, I think when an app develops that is more responsive to abuse than Twitter or Facebook have been, lots of us will jump. If virtual space is where no-one can hear you scream, we will create another.”

Stylus will be examining new opportunities and challenges for women across marketing, digital culture, retail and more in our forthcoming industry trend, Future Female.