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PostSecret: Disrupting Gender Stereotypes PROCEEDINGS

, The Pennsylvania State University, United States

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


PostSecret (http://postsecret.blogspot.com/) is an informal learning site that individuals choose to participate in for reasons that may include hope of achieving personal liberation, exploring multiple identities, and forming a supportive community. PostSecret, a contemporary confessional, allows identity exploration via anonymity. I discuss the politics of gender identity based on my reflective analysis of an activity that I facilitated in a graduate-level Art Education Web 2.0 Pedagogy course in which students used Diigo, a Web 2.0 tool, to post critical comments that unveiled their assumptions about the identities of the creators of the postcards displayed on PostSecret. I present the activity, analysis, and interpretation; and my investigation into how PostSecret may be strategically intervened by participants in order to disrupt gender stereotypes.


Motter, J. (2010). PostSecret: Disrupting Gender Stereotypes. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (pp. 804-809). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


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