‘Now we are equal’ is what I can easily make my brother understand. Before, it was him who was the ‘know better’ person as he knew more about ‘outside’ matters, the ones considered to be important. Being connected to the outside world made him able to practice power over me, my other sisters and even my mother which so made us unequal. However, once I’m on web 2.0, I am treated equally, so it is easy to change the power dynamics between me and anybody else whom the society wouldn’t have considered to be as equal to me.
“Remove him from your friend-list or I will remove you,” he said. My cousin ‘ordered’ me to un-friend a male friend from my facebook account because he believed that person is not a good person. I can practice my social life as I want is what makes web 2.0 available for me. The range of Web 2.0 is so large that he just can’t stop me from what I now think is experiencing ‘my’ life; and not only him but anybody else. I think in both cases, it has changed the unequal power dynamics between us. On web 2.0 I can decide for myself and am not dependent on them for I can do anything by myself now.
Web 2.0 connects me to the world and widens it from a world limited to home, school, and the utmost a patriarchal and male dominated society to a world where I can connect to people as farther as possible and so have impact from and on them. It takes me as a woman from a state where being woman is my weakness to a state where it becomes strength. What has changed is that I know myself better than before.
Web 2.0 has unlocked my abilities and confidence. It helps me know where I stand; what I want; and what I can do. There are many things that I thought or even did not think about before, but now I know. As I know my abilities, I’ve build confidence.
Web 2.0 helps me as a woman to know and speak confidently not only for myself but also for many others in any point of the world. Through web 2.0 facilities I can affect many people and also be affected by them because I can hear them and am heard. I can find other people who have the same goals as me and thus we can learn from each other. I believe that nothing is impossible if all of us decide to do it and web 2.0 provides the field for this decision to be made. So, it makes us to have the strength to do anything we want.
And the fact that I am not going to stop here and web 2.0 has much more for us to discover and utilize in order to achieve our dreams is what excites me the most.
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