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Gender and Social Networking Sites

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Alexis Saghie

on 2 May 2013

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Transcript of Gender and Social Networking Sites

Gender and Social Networking Sites Alexis Saghie
Kristin Shaffer
Stephanie Thwaits
Thu Bui Statistics Wrap-Up Activity "Nothing we do as individuals matters, but it's vitally important that we do it anyways" ~Gandhi's Paradox

"A fish doesn't know wet"

We don't understand our society fully because we live in it. It's hard to see gender issues when we are constantly surrounded by them and this is all we know.

We hope you were able to look at social media from a sociological perspective and start to understand gender's hidden influence. Write down social media sites that you use frequently
Write down the purpose for why you use those sites
Write down ways in which you see the opposing gender using those sites Sociological Imagination We will be using our sociological imagination to step back and explore how gender impacts our day-to-day social media usage Social Media as a Structure Social Media acts as an agent of socialization
Use individual agency & go against the structure:
Not conforming to downloading the 'latest app'
Not putting Facebook, Twitter, or other apps on your phones
Using social media in an innovative way Gender through Facebook Violence, Discrimination Hegemony Gender through Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest - Commonality of Online Dating
- Male vs. Female Profiles and the Gendered Norms
- Heterosexual Seeking
- Homosexual Seeking Gender through Online Dating FACEBOOK Groups
Facebook may try to eliminate 'harassment' & 'bullying' by having the "block" or "report" button. TWITTER Tweets
Anonymous twitter accounts TUMBLR DATING SITES Site basis
Personal discrimination Structure vs. Agency Structure: Social system that constrains individual lives. (Lecture)
Agency: The ability of an individual to choose. We are limited by the structure, but can make our own choices and go against it. (Lecture) Tumblr Re-blogging
Original Posts Dating Sites "Theory that the power/influence of the dominant group in a social system is given through the consent of the majority" (Lecture) FACEBOOK TWITTER DATING SITES PINTEREST Heteronormativity Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis FACEBOOK TWITTER TUMBLR DATING SITES PINTEREST Pages and groups led by heterosexuals tend to get more "Likes"
People are more likely to look differently about pages and pictures of non-heterosexual individuals The majority of users are male seeking female or female seeking male The idea that heterosexuality is normal and natural; "the way you are" Relationship status change
Kissing pictures Celebrities Heterosexual couples Women hold the power & men go along with it What information you choose to share Tweets about a significant other is generally the opposite sex Wedding category is Female/Male couples
Family boards involve traditional family roles "Language precedes cognition. Language essentially shapes our thoughts." (Lecture) Users can voice their personal opinions and use their blog as an outlet
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