Harvard students spend Labor Day tweaking ‘offensive’ Wikipedia posts

A group of Harvard undergraduates spent their Labor Day engaged in an “edit-a-thon” designed to purge phrasingWikipedia2[1] they considered offensive from Wikipedia entries on topics such as LGBTQ, feminism, and human rights issues.

The student-run feminist publication Manifesta Magazine, which organized the event, described it as an effort to “dismantle the patriarchy” it perceives in the online encyclopedia in a mass email provided to Campus Reform.

“Women, POCs [persons of color], and the LGBTQ community are still underrepresented in [Wikipedia’s] articles, and women make up only a fraction of Wikipedia editors,” the email claims, adding, “some Wikipedia articles also include language that is ableist, racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, or transphobic.

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