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Cybersexuality: Sex, Gender and the World Wide Web

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Five things the Internet taught me about sexual orientation

In sequel to Five ways the internet has affected my gender identity, here are five things about my sexual orientation that I should’ve learnt in the classroom or from offline media, but didn’t. Thank God for the internet.

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Prohibiting Privacy: why online activism isn't everything

Online media provide us with amazing ways of spreading the message and impact of a protest far beyond its original time frame and geographic boundaries. In doing so, they can easily undermine the safe space vital to many protests against sexual violence. This dawned on me at the Silent Protest last week.
 
What is the Silent Protest?
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#NotAllMen, #YesAllWomen: Let's keep talking.

The Isla Vista Killing is not the first incident of misogynistic mass murder in the US – but it is the first to stir up a social media storm of this magnitude.

For those of you who are still out of the loop: on Friday night (23 May), 22-year-old UCSB student Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured thirteen before turning the gun on himself.

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Five Ways the Internet has affected my Gender Identity

It would be impossible to pinpoint exactly what or who shaped the numerous aspects of my gender identity over my lifetime. One thing I’m certain of is that the internet has played a profound role in this process.

Without delving too deeply into the angsty idiosyncrasies of genderqueer adolescence, here’s a list of five things the internet taught me about gender that I would probably never have learnt from traditional media:

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