I remember having to come up with my first online username.
At the time I thought back to a children’s animal education
show my friend and I very much enjoyed.
I thought back to a specific animal that made us laugh for
a solid twenty minutes at the time.
The name of the animal was Jimmy, and the animal was a llama.
Ten years later, I do not think that @Jimmythellama is as funny as it was back then.
This was right before the insane internet llama craze,
so I gained some followers simply for having a hip username at the time.
As I matured and created a more professional image online,
I changed my username to something anyone can find me with, @eva.rios.
Although my past username had a traditional male name in it,
I never cared much for what gender I perceived as.
I have never before heard of the term
Glitch Feminism or cyberfeminists
before reading this article. My initial response to
learning about the topic was “is this something I identify as?
How exactly does my online identity create these
glitches or malfunctions in the system?
How can I go above and beyond this concept with my own personal works/ am I
already doing this without knowing it?
Rejecting the colonial gaze from the way I
live my life is one of the ways why I think I may
identify with glitch feminism. I am very unconventional
when it comes to the way I dress, look,
and think based on social norms. Oftentimes I post pictures of myself
wearing my traditional Mexican clothing,
which is very different to the lives of people I grew up
alongside in the United States. Although I do wear that traditional clothing,
I still post things that make me who I am,
not things that I want others to conform to.
Technology is advancing everyday. The more humans interact with
online sources and technologies, the more advanced
things will become. Concepts such as Glitch
feminism will only become stronger as the rebel instinct
becomes even more enraged
due to traditional world ideas.