how can gender disparity persist in an anonymous medium which allegedly renders gender invisible? (Herring2003gpo, p. 206)

While this result may appear initially puzzling – how can women be “freer” to participate when they are “controlled” by a group leader? – it makes sense if the leader’s role is seen as one of ensuring a civil environment, free from threats of disruption and harassment. (Herring2003gpo, p. 209)

To claim that the Internet has lived up to its potential to create gender equality would be analogous to claiming that women and men are equal off-line because both use telephones. (Herring2003gpo, p. 218)