Between March of 2009 and September of 2011, Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW) organized a series of three regional Dialogues in Asia, Latin America and Africa and one inter-regional meeting to critically reflect on Sexuality and (Geo) Politics. These conversations revolved around four sets of intersections: (1) sexuality, the state and political processes; (2) sexuality and economics; (3) sexuality, science and technology; and (4) sexuality, religion and politics. They involved 85 researchers and activists from 25 countries and discussed thirty-seven background papers on these topics.
Three (and many more) online is not a crowd – neither online nor offline. That is what the multi-award-winning blog Adventures from the bedrooms of African women posits. In this interview, one of the blog’s founders and writers, Nana Darkoa from Ghana, talks about how this space started, what the boundaries are, and what it takes to build a safe and free space where African women can openly discuss a variety of issues related to sex, pleasure and sexuality – in spite of trolls and bad kissers.
Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 50 participants from all around the world who were invited to take part in a meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet organised by the Association for Progressive Communications. You can imagine that this topic was just right up my stream. What piqued my interest even more was that the meeting aimed to develop a set of ‘evolving feminist principles of the internet’.
Is a feminist internet possible? How has the internet shifted the way we understand power, politics, activism and agency? These are the insights of many activists under the call to #imagineafeministinternet.
Enter Feminist Africa 18 – offering a unique perspective to independent public discourse on the implications of global digitisation, presenting African perspectives that emerge out of feminist praxis across the continent. This issue follows up on issue 17 (Researching Sexuality with Young Women: Southern Africa, 2012), keeping pace with the rapid expansion of cyberfeminism by presenting the latest on African women’s ongoing and remarkable contribution to this global arena.
This is the literature review produced as part of the APC WNSP EroTICs: Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet project. It includes women’s rights and feminist approaches to the internet, theoretical frameworks on gender and technology, key themes in literature on sexuality, women and the internet, an assessment of current approaches and frameworks, recommendations of conceptual frameworks for the research project and an extensive bibliography.