Feminist testimony in the internet age: sex work, blogging and the politics of witnessing

Author: Hamilton, Carrie

Source: Journal of Romance Studies, Volume 9, Number 3, Winter 2009 , pp. 86-101(16)

Publisher: Berghahn Journals

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Abstract:

This article investigates how the second-wave feminist emphasis on women's experience and first-person testimony manifests itself in feminist use of new technologies, in particular the web log or blog. Drawing on feminist theories of testimony and witnessing, as well as academic literature on the internet and new media, I analyse a number of feminist anti-prostitution and anti-pornography blogs in which the blogger positions herself as witness to the suffering of female sex workers. Although such blogs challenge different forms of exploitation in the sex industry, they tend to ignore the complexity of that industry and simplify the stories of women working in it, privileging experiences of suffering and victimhood and discrediting testimonies of sex workers who do not identify as victims. I conclude that although the blogosphere creates new fora for feminist networking and the creation of community, it simultaneously re-creates old forms of exclusion and divisions within feminism.

Keywords: BLOGS; FEMINISM; PROSTITUTION; SEX WORK; TESTIMONY; THE INTERNET; WITNESSING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/jrs.2009.090308

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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