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By Laurie Penny

‘The web was once alleged to be for everyone... hundreds of thousands stumbled on their voices during this courageous new on-line international; it gave unheard lots the gap to talk to one another with out limits, throughout borders, either actual and social. It used to be imagined to release us from gender. yet as an increasing number of of our day-by-day lives migrated on-line, it appeared it did topic when you have been a boy or a girl.’

It's a difficult time to be a girl on the web. during the last generations, the political map of human relatives has been redrawn through feminism and by means of adjustments in expertise. jointly they pose questions on the character and employer of society which are deeply tough to these in strength, and in either situations, the backlash is on. during this courageous new global, old-style sexism is making itself felt in new and scary methods.

In Cybersexism, Laurie Penny is going to the darkish center of the problem and asks why threats of rape and violence are getting used to aim to silence woman voices, analyses the constitution of on-line misogyny, and makes a case for actual freedom of speech – for everybody.

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1 While it is clear that these are important indicators in assessing the success of law reform, the socio-legal tradition insists that engaging with law can have broader, more transformative effects than a narrow focus on implementation alone offers. The feminist rape law reform movement used law as a tactic for social change, but this choice had long-term consequences far beyond instrumental change. I argue that, viewed through a socio-legal lens, rape law reform occupies a much more interesting, contested, and transformative role in the trajectory of the anti-rape movement than has previously been acknowledged.

McCann 1994, 11, emphasis in original) 24 The Anti-Rape Movement and the Turn to Law The same cannot be said of anti-rape groups, which arose out of the grassroots women’s liberation movement and were profoundly critical of the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of rape law. In its early formulations, the movement understood law as an obstacle to be overcome, not a resource to be deployed. Law reform was undertaken as a way to correct the worst failures of state responses, but it was only a minor part of the social transformation feminists demanded.

Reformers sought to convince individual victims, law enforcement systems, and society at large that the harm of sexual violence went beyond stereotypical rape scenarios. Activists argued that sexual violence was common, perpetrated by intimates and acquaintances as well as by strangers, and was not always accompanied by the use of physical force. In order for law to more accurately reflect what feminists said was the reality of sexual assault, they introduced changes in definitions of sexual assault and consent that reflected a greater variety of experiences with sexual coercion.

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