One of the early hopes for the Internet was that it would erase social differences of race, class, and gender, which were seemingly invisible in the online world. These utopian dreams have not been realized, but women are using the Internet to resist sexism and empower themselves by occupying spaces that are problematic in a face-to-face environment. This is evident in online fandom. Focusing mainly on fans of the Australian band Augie March, the author studies how women and girls in online spaces have a breadth of experience of fandom that was much harder to achieve without online communication.
Race/Gender/Media: Considering Diversity, Across Audiences, Content, and Producers p. 237-244