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(Re)triggering Backlash: Responses to news about Wikipedia's gender gap
Abstract Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyoWikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, has been enormously successful. But while it is read nearly equally by women and men, women are only 8.5 to 12.6% of those who edit or write Wikipedia articles. We analyzed coverage of Wikipedia's gender gap by 42 U.S. news organizations and blogs as well as 1,336 comments posted online by readers. We also interviewed Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner. Commentators questioned Wikipedia's epistemology and culture and associated the gap with societal issues and/or (perceived) gender differences regarding time management, self-confidence, and expertise, as well as personality and interests. Yet, many commentators denied the gap was a problem; they blamed women for not joining, suggested it was women's choice, or mocked girly interests. The belittling of the disparity as feminist ideology arguably betrays an antifeminist backlash. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav.ions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav.
Abstractsub Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyoWikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, has been enormously successful. But while it is read nearly equally by women and men, women are only 8.5 to 12.6% of those who edit or write Wikipedia articles. We analyzed coverage of Wikipedia's gender gap by 42 U.S. news organizations and blogs as well as 1,336 comments posted online by readers. We also interviewed Wikimedia Foundation executive director Sue Gardner. Commentators questioned Wikipedia's epistemology and culture and associated the gap with societal issues and/or (perceived) gender differences regarding time management, self-confidence, and expertise, as well as personality and interests. Yet, many commentators denied the gap was a problem; they blamed women for not joining, suggested it was women's choice, or mocked girly interests. The belittling of the disparity as feminist ideology arguably betrays an antifeminist backlash. © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav.ions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.1177/0196859913505618  +
Has author Eckert S. + , Steiner L. +
Has keyword Antifeminism backlash + , Gender difference + , Gender gap + , Status politics + , Technology + , Wikipedia +
Issn 1968599  +
Issue 4  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 284–303  +
Published in Journal of Communication Inquiry +
Title (Re)triggering Backlash: Responses to news about Wikipedia's gender gap +
Type journal article  +
Volume 37  +
Year 2013 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 November 2014 16:09:35  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 November 2014 16:09:35  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2013  +
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