Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross is sociologist and Ph.D student at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City specialising in research on online harassment and gender in virtual worlds. She is also a sometime video game critic and freelance writer, in addition to being active in the reproductive justice movement. She loves opera and pizza.

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Getting it right: Cosmo’s interview with Chelsea Manning

It’s been interesting to watch the leading women’s magazines slowly adopt a feminist editorial line, producing copy that once might have only been found in the pages of Ms. Magazine — and that’s a profound compliment to publications like Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, who seem to be recognizing that the old saw about young women’s lack of political/feminist engagement was always a myth.

It’s been interesting to watch the leading women’s magazines slowly adopt a feminist editorial line, producing copy that once might have only been found in the pages of Ms. Magazine — and that’s a profound compliment to ...

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They Were Our Sisters: Feminists Should Not Abandon Mya Hall or Miriam Carey

When I heard the news about how the NSA’s headquarters was supposedly attacked by two “men dressed as women” who tried to barrel through a security cordon around Fort Meade -- one of whom was fatally shot I immediately feared the worst. A knot twisted in my stomach, even as I kept studiously silent in public about the issue, waiting for more facts to come out about the two people, each detail seeming to confirm my worst fears.

When I heard the news about how the NSA’s headquarters was supposedly attacked by two “men dressed as women” who tried to barrel through a security cordon around Fort Meade -- one of whom was fatally shot ...

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Far from over: Anti-LGBT laws and the next phase of queer activism

As of this afternoon, Indiana’s Republican governor Mike Pence has just signed a “religious freedom” bill that would empower private businesses to discriminate against LGBT people if their “conscience” should compel them. The targets of this legislation are clear in spite of the sometimes cloudy language used by politicians to describe it.

As of this afternoon, Indiana’s Republican governor Mike Pence has just signed a “religious freedom” bill that would empower private businesses to discriminate against LGBT people if their “conscience” should compel them. The targets of this ...

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Revenge of the Sealion: GamerGate’s crusade against blocking

The right to speak freely is a right often confounded with other, more nebulous, unenumerated rights. Many, particularly online, conflate the right to speak with the right to be heard and the right to a platform. 

The right to speak freely is a right often confounded with other, more nebulous, unenumerated rights. Many, particularly online, conflate the right to speak with the right to be heard and the right to a platform. 

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My #1ReasonToBe: My address to the Game Developers Conference

Last week I gave the following speech to the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco for their #1ReasonToBe panel, which is inspired by the eponymous hashtag that celebrated the reasons women love working in games in spite of the horrors that sometimes attend the job, which I myself have been treated to over the last six months for reasons I’ve covered extensively for Feministing. 

Last week I gave the following speech to the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco for their #1ReasonToBe panel, which is inspired by the eponymous hashtag that celebrated the reasons women love working ...

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Women’s lives? Just a joke to trolls

Ask yourself: if you could not tell what was real from what was fake, would that be a pleasant sensation?

You could be forgiven for thinking it was just dandy, given the reaction of some to the news that Jace Connors, the man who made violent, rambling YouTube videos detailing his desire to murder game developer Brianna Wu, now claims his actions were actually a “hoax” intended to be satire

Ask yourself: if you could not tell what was real from what was fake, would that be a pleasant sensation?

You could be forgiven for thinking it was just dandy, given the reaction of some to the news ...

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Consent and Collaboration: My weekend at the IndieCade East gaming convention

After the six-month-long parade of horribles that has wracked the gaming world, IndieCade East felt like a long overdue reminder of what those of us caught in the crossfire were fighting for. 

After the six-month-long parade of horribles that has wracked the gaming world, IndieCade East felt like a long overdue reminder of what those of us caught in the crossfire were fighting for. 

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