Feminism, Labour and Digital Media

Feminism, Labour and Digital Media


There is a contradiction at the heart of digital media. We use commercial platforms to express our identity, to build community and to engage politically. At the same time, our status updates, tweets, videos, photographs and music files are free content for these sites. We are also generating an almost endless supply of user data that can be mined, re-purposed and sold to advertisers. As users of the commercial web, we are socially and creatively engaged, but also labourers, exploited by the companies that provide our communication platforms. How do we reconcile these contradictions? Feminism, Labour and Digital Media argues for using the work of Marxist feminist theorists about the role of domestic work in capitalism to explore these competing dynamics of consumer labour. It uses the concept of the Digital Housewife to outline the relationship between the work we do online and the unpaid sphere of social reproduction. It demonstrates how feminist perspectives expand our critique of consumer labour in digital media. In doing so, the Digital Housewife returns feminist inquiry from the margins and places it at the heart of critical digital media analysis.

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John Oliver Blasts UK’s Labour Party For Targeting Women Voters With ‘Barbie Bus’

Pet the pretty princess pony!

With a U.K. election in May, political parties are battling over female voters. The Conservative Party has been accused of generally ignoring women voters, giving the Labour Party an opportunity to gain their support, which they should be able to do easily, as long as they don’t decide to campaign for women voters with a patronizing pink bus. They did? Oh …

On Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver took the Labour Party to task for the embarrassing political maneuver, and the equally embarrassing attempts to cover up the political fallout that ensued.

“It is a little insulting that you’re trying to appeal to women adult voters the same way that Mattel attempts to appeal to 8-year-olds,” said Oliver. “And at least Barbie’s pink bus had the good sense to unfold into a sweet hot tub and party den combo.”

Oliver offered the Labour Party a commercial of his own that he believes will fix the political damage done by what’s being called the “Barbie bus.”

Why, yes, it does involve a pretty princess pony!

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” airs Sunday at 11:00 p.m. ET on HBO.
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Labour and Birth

Labour and Birth


Are you worried about giving birth? Are there questions about labour and birth you are too embarrassed to ask? Covering everything from preparing for the big day, to the stages of labour and birth and the first few days following delivery, ‘Labour and Birth’ addresses common concerns and answers all your questions. Packed with information and reassurance on everything from the best positions for labour and birth and types of delivery, to how birth partners can help and pain relief, this comprehensive guide contains expert advice and real-life experiences from ‘Practical Parenting’, Britain’s best-read parenting magazine.

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