Conference

Cyberfeminism at the Interfaces: Cyber-corporeality and the Blurring of Physical/Digital Boundaries

Author
  • Andra Castle (Iowa State University)

Abstract

Interfaces, the border between the user and the digital, is a site of understanding how identities and bodies are lived in partiality through digital modes like social media and in partiality through in-person interactions. Identities we hold such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and our bodies become subject to categorization through social technologies via the Internet. For most, digital interactions are significant to everyday life and the interface of the digital identity and the in-person identity is completely permeable. Social media and content sharing platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Twitch, etc. blur the boundaries of in-person and digital interaction and foster a cyber-corporeality that can be described and understood through an advanced cyberfeminist lens. The physical/digital interface and how information moves from the individual into cyberspace and vice versa is a discussion of access, oppression, and hegemonic, white, cisheteropatriarchy. As technologies improve and access to social media increases there is greater movement across the physical/digital interface, it becomes blurred. This interface also becomes a site where marginalized individuals can disrupt power structures, create new power structures, and engage in self-definition making it an inherently queer, feminist, socially just, and anti-racist space.

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Published on
04 Mar 2021