A Dialogue among Dolls: The Case for Cyberfeminism

Anita L. Allen, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Abstract

“Four dolls, two plastic and two biological are seated around a small table inside a Starbucks coffee shop at an upscale shopping center outside Dayton, Ohio. They are all enjoying skim lattes. It is a Saturday. These same four dolls, along with their husbands and dates were guests at a dinner party the previous Thursday.”

This opinion essay was prepared for the “Revealed I” Conference at the University of Ottawa in October 2007. It takes the forms of a one-act play. I suggest that (1) some women are not in a position to capitalize on what the internet has to offer and may be confined in traditional, pre-internet lifestyles that cut them off from technology; (2) the internet is not an unqualified good, though it opens up avenues of social experimentation, commercial exchanges, medical education and spiritual healing. Women are not necessarily more powerful, free or safe because of the internet.