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There Are No Girls on the Internet

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Marginalized voices have always been at the forefront of the internet, yet our stories often go overlooked. Bridget Todd chronicles our experiences online, and the ways marginalized voices have shaped the internet from the very beginning. We need monuments to all of the identities that make being online what it is. So let’s build them.
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An update about Bridget and the show. TLDR: We're going on hiatus for a bit while Bridget focuses on some family matters, but we'll be back with new episodes soon! See for privacy information.
Amazon responds to Shein and Temu threat with new low-price storefront: Fast fashion retailer Shein’s brand trip didn’t quite go as they planned. They sent a group of influencers to China to tour their facility after a bunch of bad press, but now those influencers are facing backlash themselves, and renouncing their partnership with Shein. The whole thing raises questions about the ethics and harm of fast fashion, as well as the influencers who shill for it. Aja Barber wrote the book on consumption. She explains why it’s about more than just Shein. Aja is the most stylish person I know! Follow her on Patreon for sustainable style insights: Check out Aja’s book Consumed: for privacy information.
Want to write a book, be a musician, or be a podcaster? You’d better also be a social media branding expert, too. Bridget joins writers and creatives Yvest Jeffcoat and Katie Mitchell from the podcast On Theme to dive into why social media has turned everyone into personal branding experts and why it can sometimes be so exhausting.  Everyone’s a sellout now: LISTEN TO YVES AND KATIE'S PODCAST ON THEME:  See for privacy information.
What’s the Deal With ‘Hawk Tuah’ Girl?  Exposing Cheaters Isn’t Always a Flex for privacy information.
After Georgia Congressman Mike Collins tweeted in support of frat guys harassing a Black woman with racist tropes… nothing really happened. Popular Information's Judd Legum explores why we need better stories about our democracy, the intersection of media complacency with corporate money, and what's at stake. UPDATE: Congressman Collins feels the heat: for privacy information.
Friend of the show Abbie Richards explains why low effort AI generated conspiracy theory content is all over TikTok right now and who is profiting from it.  With TikTok creator program, AI-sped misinformation pays: Follow Abbie Richards on TikTok: for privacy information.
If a tree falls in the garden where a woman enjoys drinking coffee with her husband and no one’s there to hear it, should the Internet harass her anyway? In 2022, Daisey sent one innocuous tweet that launched a thousand takes.See for privacy information.
It’s Pride Month, which is a great time to be thinking about the LGBTQ people who have been beacons of the vastness of what is possible for our communities. In this episode, Bridget highlights the incredible achievements of Lynn Conway, a trans woman who invented a lot of the tech we take for granted today. Despite a successful track record at IBM, her contributions were credited to others for almost 50 years until IBM formally apologized and recognized her in 2020. She was a bad ass innovator, and a pioneer for trans people trying to navigate a hostile world. She passed away this week at the age of 86, but her legacy and many contributions will be with us forever. See for privacy information.
2024 isn’t just an election year, it’s THE election year, with almost half the global population voting in elections this year. And unfortunately women leaders and candidates are facing identity based attacks just for wanting to serve their communities.See for privacy information.
Listen to the Outspoken Network’s new pod But We Loved: Listen to Joey’s take on Bottoms on Stuff Mom Never Told You: Israel Secretly Targeted American Lawmakers With Gaza War Influence Campaign:  Key misinformation “superspreaders” on Twitter:  Women in their late 50s: Lesbian app to ‘use facial recognition technology’ to identify and exclude trans users FBI Raids Corporate Landlord in Major Rent Price-Fixing Probe:  Court Allows K-Pop Group to Subpoena YouTuber's Identity from Google: for privacy information.
Grant program for Black women business owners is discriminatory, appeals court rules: Fearless Fund is a Black woman-led venture capital firm that offers investment, financial support, and mentorship to Black women-owned businesses.  But they are under attack for providing support for traditionally marginalized entrepreneurs. Edward Blum, the professional hater at the heart of the Supreme Court’s legal challenge of affirmative action, is suing them for what he says is racial discrimination.See for privacy information.
HE’S GUILTY song of the summer by Mad McFadden: 'All Eyes on Rafah' image shared by millions on Instagram following Israeli airstrike: Donate to the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund: 'Sextortion guides' sold on social media, BBC finds: AI image misinformation has surged, Google researchers find: UK mother of boy who killed himself seeks right to access his social media:  Sometimes to save the internet, you must eat glue: See for privacy information.
After the tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival that left 10 dead and hundreds injured and traumatized, the rapper announced a “partnership” to provide a free month of therapy through the app BetterHelp, which is basically the Tinder of therapy.  Jeff Guenthr, creator of Therapy Den, has been using his platform on TikTok to shed light on BetterHelp’s practices when it comes to data privacy and the way therapists are treated. Jeff joins Bridget and producer Dr. Michael Amato to talk about why this “partnership” feels so wrong in the wake of the tragedy. Check out Therapy Den: Jeff’s therapy TikToks get millions of views: for privacy information.
Spike Jonze’s 2013 movie Her is in the tech zeitgeist. Have tech leaders watched the whole thing?  Brian Merchant’s piece on Her and Open AI is a must read: Bridget rocking Google Glass in 2013: Listen to our summary of the Open AI Scarlett Johansson controversy here: for privacy information.
Scarlett Johansson says Open AI ripped off her voice for their ChatGPT4.0 even after she said no. No means no, Sam Altman!  Here’s what their behavior says about consent in tech. Scarlett Johansson Says OpenAI Ripped Off Her Voice for ChatGPT: AI Art and the Problem of Consent  See for privacy information.
The weekly news roundup is back! Bridget’s piece on Elizabeth Holmes’ hair: Zuck's new style was on full display at his birthday: #Blockout2024: Why people are blocking celebrities on social media: About 800,000 BetterHelp online therapy customers receive refund notices for privacy violations: On Instagram, a Jewelry Ad Draws Solicitations for Sex With a 5-Year-Old: Women no longer have to make the first move on Bumble. Will it make the app better? Bumble apologizes for its mean anti-celibacy ad fumble: See for privacy information.
Kate Taylor’s reporting led to HBO’s new documentary Brandy Hellville and the Cult of Fast Fashion. She joins Bridget to discuss what Brandy Mellville’s rise says about social media, girlhood, and exploitation, and what it means for the rest of us.   Read Kate’s piece (all of her pieces are dope) See for privacy information.
Campuses are canceling and shrinking graduation ceremonies after waves of student protests. The protests have also triggered a wave of harassment, doxxing, and online harm. Caroline and Sam, digital security and privacy experts with Convocation Research and Design, share some shocking facts and thought provoking perspectives about state surveillance during the protests.  They also describe steps people can take to help protect their own privacy and safety.  Follow Convocation Research and Design’s work: for privacy information.
More and more workers are unionizing across the country.  Metalhead and labor journalist Kim Kelly on the exciting new wave of unionization and what it means. Follow Kim Kelly on Twitter: Check out Kim’s new book Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor: Join our newsletter: And you can follow our very own iHeart Podcast Union on Twitter:  And instagram: See for privacy information.
Even if you’ve never seen Lenna Forsén’s image, you know it, because an image of the Swedish former model went on to be one the most important images in internet history. See for privacy information.
Comments (3)

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Thank you for sharing the marginalized voices in shaping the internet Let's continue to amplify these stories and build monuments to honor their contributions.

Mar 10th


Taylor is actually very political. one example: watch Miss Americana 🤷🏻

Jan 21st

Priya Dharshini


Jan 16th