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Maybe She Likes It

Title: Maybe She Likes It: A Web Comic Exploring Internet Technology and Gender Equality.
Name(s): Weissbrot, Lena, author
Department of Art
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: "Maybe She Likes It" is a web comic that tells a surreal story of a girl's development, as though she were immersed in a reality where social internet culture occupied a physical space. "Maybe She Likes It" reflects the voice of the Millennial as the first generation to grow up with the internet during adolescence and to experience aberrant content previously unavailable in print and other mass media forms such as child pornography, bestiality, real-rape and snuff. I conclude that such media is contributing to a shift in socio-cultural perceptions on gender and sexuality. Socializing on the internet is a unique sort of out-of-body experience where one has the ability to be judged by the quality of one's soul, and thus allows users to experiment with identity easily; one can easily pretend to be male or female. It is my hope that this experience enables more people to see gender as mostly a social construct and to stop imposing double standards on both men and women. Many commonly held perceptions about gender and sexuality are outdated because of the way technology has compensated for biological disadvantages which originally influenced these perceptions that have become socially engrained. Though print editions of "Maybe She Likes It" are available, the comic was created to be viewed online, closely relating its content to its form; the web comic is a commentary on the very "space" it occupies. The format of the web comic is inspired by the style of shojo manga (Japanese comics for girls), using emotive layouts and backgrounds to create a tone and atmosphere, while simultaneously referencing shojo manga as a medium through which women were able to manipulate social perspectives on female sexuality. My research includes interviews with the owner of the World Erotic Art Museum, Naomi Wilzig, gallery owner/curator, Catherine Clark, and artist, Masami Teraoka. "Maybe She Likes It" can be read at .
Identifier: FSU_migr_undergradresearch-0008 (IID)
Subject(s): Art
Art and design
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence.

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Weissbrot, L. (2013). Maybe She Likes It: A Web Comic Exploring Internet Technology and Gender Equality. Retrieved from