Practicing Stereotypes: Exploring Gender Stereotypes Online
Mary Flanagan, State University of New York at Buffalo, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-33-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Eliminating gender imbalances online should be possible with the ability to mask identity and move in worlds anonymously. If almost half of Internet participants are women, what is happening in the social realm of online space in relation to these numbers? This paper shows how a course called "Gender and Technology" introduced students to online chat and from there evolved into a larger study involving online avatar representation, chat, and gender. Language, time of day, and avatar representation are examined for their significance in creating gender stereotypes.
Flanagan, M. (1999). Practicing Stereotypes: Exploring Gender Stereotypes Online. In J. Price, J. Willis, D. Willis, M. Jost & S. Boger-Mehall (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1999--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 308-313). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).