Blog Prompt # 12

Blog Prompt # 12: for the week of March 26-30

This week’s prompt asks you to think about the three articles we have read that have in some way addressed the internet browsing habits of teenagers.

The articles “Twilight is so Anti-Feminist I Want to Cry,” “Digital Dressing-UP,” and “Bullying Experiences in Cyberspace” each focus more heavily on the internet-browsing habits of teenage girls than on teenage boys. Most revealing, perhaps, is the data provided in the article addressing cyber-bullying that girls aged 15-17 were overrepresented in the survey taken by the researchers and that the group least likely to tell an adult about incidents of cyber-bullying was that of girls aged twelve to fourteen, citing fear related to parental restrictions of their internet usage as the reason for their silence.

What do these three articles reveal about the gendered nature of internet-browsing habits? If the study conducted on cyber-bullying is to be believed, why do girls seem more willing than boys to admit to being bullied on the internet, particularly if the survey conducted was anonymous? Do you think teenage girls are more vulnerable to cyber-bullying than teenage boys? Why or why not?

Respond to this prompt in your individual course blog by midnight on Saturday, March 31.

About Francesca Marinaro

Instructor of English/PhD. Candidate, Department of English, University of Florida
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