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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What “I Am Cait” gets wrong about trans suicide

This past week there were a lot of dismal “I told you so”s fluttering around social media with the (entirely staged) revelation that Caitlyn Jenner holds odious views on welfare recipients, repeating the dependency myth and suggesting they have no incentive to find other income sources.

This past week there were a lot of dismal “I told you so”s fluttering around social media with the (entirely staged) revelation that Caitlyn Jenner holds odious views on welfare recipients, repeating the dependency myth and suggesting ...

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Instead of trolling a lion hunter, we should #SayHerName

The recent social media onslaught against a feckless lion-killing Minnesota dentist tells us a lot about the nature — and uselessness — of online outrage, especially when directed at a single target. 

The recent social media onslaught against a feckless lion-killing Minnesota dentist tells us a lot about the nature — and uselessness — of online outrage, especially when directed at a single target. 

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Go Set a Watchman on Fire: Reddit and Ellen Pao’s Resignation

The resignation of Reddit CEO Ellen Pao is terrible news for anyone interested in making the internet less toxic. After a month-long torrent of abuse that fixated on Pao’s race and gender stemming from her reforms to the site, gender advocacy, and the fact that the executive chair of the board fired a popular employee, Victoria Taylor, who managed the site’s well-known Ask Me Anything board, she’s decided to take her leave from the social media site. 

The resignation of Reddit CEO Ellen Pao is terrible news for anyone interested in making the internet less toxic. After a month-long torrent of abuse that fixated on Pao’s race and gender stemming from her ...

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Watching the Women’s World Cup as a sports outsider

I finally understood sports the moment when some unseen force pulled me to my feet as I began clapping; the US Women’s National Team goal in the first few minutes of the championship game, after a nail biting scrum in the penalty box, brought the experience to life for me in a way no other moment quite could. 

I finally understood sports the moment when some unseen force pulled me to my feet as I began clapping; the US Women’s National Team goal in the first few minutes of the championship game, after a nail ...

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ICANN’t Even: New Internet Standards Could Make Doxing Easier Than Ever

Doxing has become an all too familiar in the lives of internet-using women. The public posting of our home addresses is a particularly brutal way that our lives can be policed and upended by determined harassers–to say nothing of how it has been used by stalkers and domestic abusers to find their targets. I myself have been the target of doxing because of my editorial writing.

Doxing has become an all too familiar in the lives of internet-using women. The public posting of our home addresses is a particularly brutal way that our lives can be policed and upended by determined harassers–to say ...

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In defense of symbols: Why taking the Confederate flag down matters

“Symbols are the key to telepathy. The mind wraps its secrets in symbols; when we discover the symbols that shape our enemy’s thought, we can penetrate the vault of his mind.”

— Lady Deirdre Skye, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri

“Symbols are the key to telepathy. The mind wraps its secrets in symbols; when we discover the symbols that shape our enemy’s thought, we can penetrate the vault of his mind.”

— Lady Deirdre Skye, Sid Meier’s Alpha ...

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Tobi Hill-Meyer’s new Patreon page funds “Doing it Online”

In a time when trans sexuality embodies the unspeakable, Tobi Hill-Meyer has been singing arias from the mountaintops. Her work in the fields of pornography and erotica has played a major role in shaping what has come to be known as “queer porn,” and in particular granting new and more widely open roles to trans women interested in sex work before a camera.

In a time when trans sexuality embodies the unspeakable, Tobi Hill-Meyer has been singing arias from the mountaintops. Her work in the fields of pornography and erotica has played a major role in shaping what has ...

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