Is there a difference between writing by men and that produced by women? What does that difference look like? What about writing by non-binary individuals? Aimee Armande Wilson surveys critical responses to these questions (including ones from Gloria Anzaldúa, Judith Butler, Hélène Cixous, Elaine Showalter, and Alice Walker) before moving into a discussion of the most important factor affecting writing in the twenty-first century, the internet. More specifically, Wilson considers electronic writing, blogs, and social media using the theories of Anne Balsamo, Donna Haraway, Katherine Hayles, and Sherry Turkle. Although the intensely personal, confessional style that characterizes most blogs and social media posts is practically synonymous with many people’s understanding of “women’s writing” (for right or wrong), blogs and social media posts are nevertheless designed to be public, and often with political intent. These genres therefore necessitate new answers to old questions about privacy, power, style, and gender.
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