Bailey, J. (Forthcoming). Gendering Big Brother: What Should a Feminist Do?
Set in the context of an imaginary dialogue between a feminist law professor and her cyberfeminism student, this paper explores various theories about stereotypes and other tools of discrimination, as well as the emancipatory potential of digitized communications for equality-seeking groups. It suggests that the Snowden revelations and concerns around ”big data” present an opportunity for coalition between feminists and civil libertarians on the issue of surveillance. In the final analysis though, it cautions that this context may simply reflect a moment of interest convergence in which collaboration is unlikely to produce real change for equality-seeking groups unless the discriminatory tropes that disproportionately expose these groups and their members to surveillance are addressed.