Exploring Systemic Gender Inequality in the Digital Age: Contribution to CNN’s #AsEquals
AsEquals, a thought-provoking CNN series, sets out on a mission to uncover the deep-rooted gender inequalities that persist in our society. Through an ongoing investigative series, AsEquals sheds light on how gender shapes every aspect of our lives, including our experiences in the online world. I am humbled to have had the opportunity to contribute to this important endeavor, and I am eager to share my insights on these critical issues. #CNNsystemserrors #asequals
The Digital Transformation
The internet and digital technologies have undeniably transformed the way we live, work, and connect with the world. With just a click, we gain access to vast amounts of information, connect with people across the globe, and find opportunities that were once unimaginable. This digital transformation has opened doors and created possibilities that were previously out of reach.
Unequal Access and Safety Online
However, while the digital age has brought numerous benefits, it has not been an equal playing field for everyone. Not all individuals have the same level of access to digital tools, leading to a digital divide that continues to persist, even in developed nations like the United States. This disparity disproportionately affects marginalized communities, including women, queer individuals, and gender minorities.
Moreover, the internet is not always a safe space for everyone. AsEquals has conducted extensive research, revealing that gender identity significantly impacts an individual’s online experience. Women, queer individuals, and gender minorities often face increased risks and challenges online compared to their male counterparts. Cyber harassment, misogyny, and other forms of gender-based abuse are all too common occurrences.
Focusing on the Metaverse and Gender Bias
AsEquals’ dedication to exploring these issues led them to focus on the metaverse and its inherent gender bias. The metaverse, a collective virtual shared space, is touted as the next frontier in the digital realm. While it promises limitless possibilities, there are concerns about replicating real-world biases within this virtual space.
My Contribution to the Conversation
I am deeply humbled to have been a part of AsEquals’ feature focus on the metaverse and gender bias. As someone who is passionate about creating a more inclusive digital future, I eagerly shared my insights and experiences. By participating in this conversation, my aim was to bring attention to the challenges faced by women, queer individuals, and gender minorities in the virtual world, as well considerations for future generations.
Shaping a Better Digital Future
Recognizing that the internet is a powerful tool that can either perpetuate inequalities or dismantle them, we must work collectively to shape a better digital future. AsEquals has made a significant impact by investigating systemic gender inequality and bringing these issues to the forefront. It is crucial to understand that we, as individuals, have the agency to influence the direction of digital transformation.
AsEquals’ ongoing investigative series has been an eye-opening journey into the realities of systemic gender inequality, both online and offline. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to their feature focus on the metaverse and gender bias. Through open dialogue and increased awareness, I believe that we can foster a more inclusive and equitable digital landscape. Together, let us continue the fight for a future where everyone can thrive in the digital age, regardless of gender or identity.
Disclosure: As an Embodiment/Movement Psychotherapist, Nina has spent over two decades working at the intersection of mind/body connection, mental health, creativity and technology. As Head of Metaverse Research for Kabuni and a Doctoral Scholarship Recipient, Nina Jane Patel is developing methodologies to understand the psychological and physiological effects of immersion, presence and embodiment in the Metaverse. Nina also sits on the expert group for Interpol’s Metaverse Strategy (i-meg).