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Same Battle, New Misogyny

A Loud Reflection on the Silencing of Women & the Incoherence of Identity

By Danielle Whitaker

In 1999, more than 40,000 individuals organized in protest against the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Seattle, Washington. In what came to be known as the Battle of Seattle, this anti-globalization effort was one of the first to gain publicity and momentum via the resources of the Internet. Audio and video streaming combined with a 400,000-strong virtual sit-in of the WTO website revolutionized the limits of media as we knew it, catalyzing a culture that empowered individuals to, as it was said, “be the media”—laying the groundwork for the independent media movement happening within feminism today.

Deplatformed from virtually all left-wing spheres of media, politics, and academia, radical feminists have taken it upon themselves to “be the media”: in addition to self-publication on platforms like Medium and…

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