The internet is a space where social norms are negotiated, performed and imposed, often in an extension of other spaces shaped by patriarchy and heteronormativity. Our struggle for a feminist internet is one that forms part of a continuum of our resistance in other spaces, public, private and in-between.
Because we know that gender is constructed by the times and the places in which it is performed, we must pay attention to the internet's role in constructing virtual and actual gender. We must change the way we see the internet as not merely a tool, a vehicle, an avenue for feminist activism, but also as a space where rules, roles, and expectations are created and regulated. The geography of the network is affected by who controls virtual real estate. While the space is more open and more public than previous communication and information media like airwaves and cable networks, it is still a struggle for new and independent voices to break through. The virtual landscape today is very different than the promise of a decentralized network 20 years ago, where users set the moderation rules for their own chatrooms or forums. Most of our online activism today takes place on corporate platforms, where corporate interests have determined the rules. And so the Feminist Principle on Resistance presents us with two tasks: one is to challenge and shape the policy and culture empowering misogyny and heteronormativity on corporate and community platforms. The other is to support groups and networks in setting up their own, independent platforms where rules are negotiated to empower queer and feminist expression and activism.