A new attempt

Hello!

My name is Alyssa and I am a Women’s Studies minor in Professor Bayer’s 300 level feminist theory course. As a women’s studies minor who’s taken a very Marxist feminist course this past semester I am trying to edit Wikipedia articles around the gender pay gap and how they add to or support the oppression of women in and outside of the workplace. I look forward to seeing how other people are managing their Wikipedia projects and edits as it is a completely new experience that I am only now getting used to! This semester will definitely be exciting and bring about changes to the feminist theory information available online!

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Gwen (William Smith ’18)

Hello my name is Gwen and I am a junior in Professor Bayer’s Feminist Theory class. This is actually my first Women’s Studies class. I am an LGBT studies major and very happy that I am getting the chance to take Fem Theory! The parallels that exist between this class and the other classes that I am currently taking I find are an extra plus in my introduction to women’s studies.

My experience using Wiki so far has been interesting for sure! I will admit I am still rather confused about the process but I every time I use it I grow a little more accustomed and I think it is just one of those things that I am just going to have to feel out for a while. It can be rather intimidating to post something publicly in a way that is critiquing another’s work.

For my content gap that I am exploring on Wiki I chose the topic of violence against women, specifically again prostitutes. I hope to add a discussion on the sexism that exists in the fact that prostitutes are often persecuted, arrested, and punished at much higher rates than their male customers even if the woman is underage and in a situation from which she cannot escape. I am going to tie this to the ERA by talking about the equality of persecution between genders in such situations.

Hey friends!

My name is Claire and I am a William Smith junior. This semester, I am taking Feminist Theory with Betty Bayer, who has encouraged us to venture into the forbidden land of Wikipedia. We are taking on the task of filling in content gaps, editing for accuracy, and even publishing our own article. We are approaching Wiki with the ERA in mind and choosing topics that relate to what we hope the ERA would be able to combat and bring justice to.

I am interested in how the ERA will help to eradicate sex trafficking in the United States and bring justice to victims of trafficking. Sex trafficking is just coming to the forefront of our discussions about issues that affect women disproportionately compared to men. I look forward to using my voice to start conversations about this issue and to read the voices of others online for inspiration.

As I mentioned before, Wikipedia has often been seen as a forbidden place in academia. We have all had teachers before we came to college and professors who have discouraged our use of the website, but the truth is, we all go on Wiki at some point. It is our job as students, who are in contact with so much information, to contribute to make Wiki a place of even more diversity in content. It definitely feels daunting to have this task ahead of me, as I don’t have any experience writing on Wiki or on an open blog space, but I’m looking forward to experimenting on the website with my peers.

-Claire

 

Talking to the Internet

Hi everyone, my name is Jenny Norris and I am a senior at Hobart and William Smith. I am currently taking Feminist Theory and really enjoy it. As we begin using Wikipedia, I am becoming more comfortable, but am certainly still hesitant to engage with the interactions.

I was first rather intimidated to be writing on a public forum, and was unsure as to where to begin. However, after adding information to a talk page, and inserting bits of material into articles, I felt much more open to the idea of sharing in a space with others. The vastness of the Internet can be daunting because there is so much to be said. However, I think that this is a productive means of establishing one’s voice and opinionating oneself online. This can be further effective in day-to-day life, as we use our voices to speak out against something we disagree with, or support the things that we align our views with.

As we continue this project, I am finding that this is a great space to be bold about my arguments and to be put my foot in the door, so to speak, when I disagree with another’s article. On the contrary, I can further support the points I agree with. All in all, I look forward to what the semester on Wiki will bring.

Jenny

Cautious Beginnings

I have been a little hesitant to publish an entry to this blog, but it can’t be put off forever, so I’m just going to go for it.

My name is Sophie and I’m currently studying at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I’m an exchange student from Germany, so I’ll only be in Geneva for the fall semester and decided to take a few courses that would not be available in that form in my home country, including ‘Feminist Theory’ with Professor Bayer which is the reason why I’m writing this article.

We were given the assignment to use Wiki to work on already published articles related to feminist issues. So far I’ve been looking at articles about and related to inequality in the workplace and specifically the gender pay gap. It is one of the more apparent ways that inequality is evident in modern societies and I don’t think it’s being addressed honestly enough on Wiki as the article only mentions discrimination in a few short phrases.

Publishing an actual edit to an existing article on Wiki has felt a little intimidating and as soon as I pressed ‘save changes’ I somehow expected all the previous contributors of the article to magically appear in my room and reign hellfire down on me. Surprisingly enough that didn’t happen and it actually started feeling pretty good to have contributed something, even if it’s just a small sentence.

Additionally, I plan on editing the German wiki article regarding the Equal Rights Amendment on my own time and mention it in other articles to make it more visible to people. I’m very sure that almost no one in Germany knows that the American constitution does not guarantee equal rights for women and I feel that it Wiki would be a good way to educate people about that.

I’m hoping to become more confident in writing on here and on Wiki in the coming weeks.

Sophie

 

 

Hello, I’m Amber!

My name is Amber and I am a senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I am a Women’s Studies minor and I am in Professor Betty Bayer’s Feminist Theory course.

One of the things that we are asked to do in her class is use Wiki to find and collaborate on already existing articles on an area of Women’s issues that we find to be important. After looking through numerous articles, I have decided that I would like to work on the Pregnancy Discrimination in the work place. I do not know too much about this specific topic, but I think it will be an interesting one to tackle. One thing that I found interesting about the article, is that it states that pregnancy discrimination is one of the leading forms of discrimination women face in the work place, yet there is so little information about the subject. I hope that I can change that.

So far, this is my third week working with Wiki and I like it. I’m not going to lie, there is a lot to learn, but I feel like once I get the hang out of it I will enjoy it more. I have was a little afraid to add something to an article at first, but I just went for it. (Hopefully, someone has not removed what I wrote. I have not checked yet.)

I am really enjoying my experience on Wiki.

Amber