Women and Everyday Uses of the Internet

Agency and Identity

by Mia Consalvo (Volume editor) Susanna Paasonen (Volume editor)
©2002 Textbook X, 324 Pages
Series: Digital Formations, Volume 8


Women & Everyday Uses of the Internet investigates the forms and codes of the Internet as a popular medium and the ways in which women figure as users, content producers, and target audiences. Interdisciplinary and international in scope, this book addresses issues of gendered identity and agency in the wider framework of consumer culture and uses of new media. Individual chapters explore personal and commercial web sites for women, constructions of lesbian identity, communities of female consumers and Vietnam veterans, women’s web cam sites, educational experiences and information society agendas, the possibilities of design, conceptions of digital television, as well as wider media attention to the Internet and women. These case studies provide rich insights into the uses of the Internet as an everyday medium and the varying locations and forms of its gendered use.


X, 324
ISBN (Softcover)
consumer culture new media experiences design
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2002. X, 324 pp., ill.

Biographical notes

Mia Consalvo (Volume editor) Susanna Paasonen (Volume editor)

The Editors: Mia Consalvo is Assistant Professor in the School of Telecommunications at Ohio University. Her research explores intersections of gender, popular culture, and new media, including the Internet as well as computer and video games. She has published articles in Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Women’s Studies in Communication, and Journal of Communication Inquiry. Susanna Paasonen is a researcher at the Department of Media Studies, University of Turku, Finland, where she recently completed her Ph.D. on the popularization and gendering of the Internet and genealogies of popular cyberdiscourse. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of two monographs and the editor of three books on media studies and feminist theory.


Title: Women and Everyday Uses of the Internet