Mapping the Feminist web: presentation at Fem2pt0

By Linkfluence - February 3, 2009

(updated post) Following our presentation at the Fem2pt0 conference (#fem2), and requests for publication of the “Femisphere” map, here’s of the “Femisphere” map, here’s the direct link to the map.

To learn more about the legend and navigation elements, feel free to refer to this short primer.

Brief methodology overview: as mentioned during the introduction of the presentation, it is not easy to pinpoint a “feminist site”. There’s no technical criteria that says “this is a feminist site” (and even in real life, the exact definition of “feminist” is not always clear-cut). So, for the purpose of this research, a triple filter was used :

  1. using an initial list of sites, blogs and organizations linking to and associated with the fem2pt0 conference, we used a “crawler” program to identify sites in the immediate vicinity i.e. in direct connection with this core set of sites.
  2. a second filter was based on semantic criteria to detect “telltale” expressions (several dozens) in sites’ content related to a number of top-level feminist issues (such as economic equality, reproductive rights, women in politics, home/life balance, etc.)
  3. additionally, specialized web-analysts validated/corrected the data prior to inclusion in final data set.
You can also find more information about our general methodology and approach in this section of our site.

Last but not least, here’s our top 30 list of Feminist sites and blogs, based on the linkfluence scoring methodology. The linkfluence sites score (lfsites) is a function of the number of links a website receives within a specific web territory. The algorithm favors inbound links coming from qualified sites within the same territory. This score has been developed specifically for the social web to provide an indicator of influence as a function of one’s position of authority within a specific community.

(1) is not a site or blog per se. This url points to the homepage of the Livejournal Community Center. Unfortunately, due to the specific structure of, no specific category or community page emerged in the crawl’s output. However, upon verification, there appears to be a very significant network of communities within Livejournal Community Center, with dozens of “sub-sites”, which have been producing hundreds of pages of content and links related to feminism (or self-described “radical feminism”) over several years. Although the site’s rank may have been impacted as a result of the aggregation of all this data, it appears nonetheless to be a pertinent, content-rich resource, as measured by the linking patterns about the subject at hand. Further analysis would be necessary in the event of an update of this research project