Gender-based online violence has become increasingly pervasive. Violence also permeates digital technologies in the Global South, particularly affecting the lives of women, feminized bodies, and other marginalized communities. In this talk, I ask: What forms of political agency are flourishing amid increasing technological violence? I argue that feminist strategies of contestation to online violence in the Global South re-appropriate and foster the right of marginalized communities to express sexual pleasure online.
Firuzeh Shokooh Valle is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA. She is a sociologist and journalist from Puerto Rico. Her book manuscript Politics of Solidarity and Pleasure: Feminism & Technology in the Global South examines how development policy frames the relationships between gender, technology, and science, and how these are being contested by feminist organizations in Latin America and other regions of the Global South. Firuzeh has authored and co-authored academic articles published in the peer-reviewed journals Sociology of Development, Feminist Media Studies,Social Movement Studies, and the Cuban academic journal Temas.