In The Atlantic’s “Wikipedia’s Hostility to Women,” Emma Paling notes that “Wikipedia is suffering from a cyclical kind of sexism.” With this in mind, consider the following questions as we read the article: 

  • What does the first example of Lightbreather tell us about the treatment of women on Wikipedia?
  • How do you feel about Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee’s treatment of Lightbreather? How might this behavior mirror other spaces (online or IRL)?
  • What examples does Paling provide for why women don’t edit Wikipedia? Again, how might this behavior mirror other spaces (online or IRL)?
  • How does this article make you feel about your own contribution to Wikipedia?

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