Spam Agenda, V1.0

B. Dorris

Abstract

There is an asymmetry between the way men perceive women and the way women perceive men. My first insight into gender on the internet came when I would go through the spam that would arrive in my email folder everyday and delete it. While the contents made me giggle at times, it did rouse some questions, like: Do women feel sexually inadequate? How do we perceive members of the opposite sex? Why is there gender discrimination and rape and what are the effects of this offline threat when we are online? On the whole it seems that, online, the power relations and techniques of interaction between the genders resemble the traditional models which have prevailed in real life – men are driven by insecurity and women by caution.

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