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SXSW Interactive 2014

We Are All Pole Dancing on the Internet Now

In June of this year, the New Yorker ran a piece called "We Are All Pole Dancing on the Internet" about Edward Snowden's insistence that he doesn't want to live in a world where everything he says or does is recorded – and the irony of these words alongside excerpts from the blog of Snowden’s girlfriend, who recorded much of her life and posted it online. The trend, at least among young people, is to share more information on the Internet rather than less – and that's healthy and liberating, especially for women says xoJane's Deputy Editor Mandy Stadtmiller. In this session, Mandy talks about why it's ok to live out loud on the Internet, why millions of women love frank first-person stories like It Happened to Me– and why the world would be a better place if more of us were oversharers too. Full of great examples of women sharing, validating each other, and growing together online as well as stats about what women like to share (comments are the content in a thriving community).

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  1. What do women love to share online and why?
  2. Why does sharing highly personal secrets online make you immediately knowable, lovable and engrossing?
  3. Is all this self-reflection just narcissism or something bigger?
  4. What kind of insight do we get through these first-person experiences - and why is oversharing especially empowering for women?
  5. Would the world be a better place if more people were oversharers?


  • Mandy Stadtmiller, Deputy Editor, xoJane


Wendy Taylor, Editor, Say Media

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