In August 2010, Penny Arcade posted a comic strip about that featured a character who jokingly referred to having been raped by dickwolves.” For many feminists, tired of hearing endless references to having been raped, raping, and so forth in online games, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back – see the Geek Feminism wiki about the prolonged debate about this. Issues of online aggression, sexual harassment, and the creation of hostile climates for women, people of color, queer folk, and others remain crucial for feminists, although as the authors of this Laundry Day point out, the complexities of these behaviors – and strategies for both understanding them and fighting back – are muddied by the blanket use of terms like “trolls” and “trolling.” These contributions will speak for themselves – we hope they’re the beginnings of a lively and important conversation about feminist strategies for analysis and intervention.
Editors: Carol Stabile, Chelsea Bullock
• 5 things academics might learn from how the rowdy social justice blogosphere handles fucknecks, Amanda Phillips (University of California- Santa Barbara, PhD Student in English
• What can advice animals teach us about feminism, Kelly Bergrstrom (York University, Faculty of Education)
• Trolling and/or/as/alongside harassment: what I learned from writing (poorly) about dickwolves, Whitney Philips (University of Oregon, PhD Candidate in English)