A Feminist Guide to Fighting on the Internet
A Feminist Guide to Fighting on the Internet is a workshop that shows some of the common arguments feminists and activists come up against in online activism. For many of us, feminist activism has moved to the online world; Twitter, Facebook, hashtag feminism, feminist blogs and free media. Fighting trolls, ‘allies’ and the ‘person-who-doesn’t-know-better-(yet)’ can be trying, repetitive and exhausting, while taking place in a medium that not only lacks nuance and accountability, but that for many is, ideally, escapist or pleasurable. Our workshop will cover: acknowledging your own privilege and problematic viewpoints and a discussion on intersectionality, tools such as online and offline self-care, common trolling arguments and their rebuttals, a strong vocabulary for engagement, suggested reading, and a discussion of personal anecdotes, suggestions, and techniques for fighting online.
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Kelly and MC Bennett are married Toronto-based activists who spend a lot of time talking about fatness, gender, queerness, transgender rights, feminism, and sexuality. Kelly considers herself an internet argument pro, and MC considers herself a “talking Kelly down from an internet fuelled rage” pro. Kelly volunteers her time at Egale Youth Outreach and is a member of the Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union. Kelly and MC have seen their activism evolve over several years and seek to continuously educate themselves and others on intersectional anti-oppression. Find them on Twitter and Instagram at @catpennies and @hello_mcee.