The Digital Closet

My book The Digital Closet: How the Internet Became Straight explores how heteronormative bias is deeply embedded in the internet, hidden in algorithms, keywords, content moderation, and more. Please see below for a longer description, praise, upcoming booktalks, and press coverage.

The Digital Closet will be released by MIT Press on April 12, 2022 and is available for pre-order now. You can buy a copy from local booksellers here:


This page-turner takes its place alongside books by Mar Hicks, Safiya Noble, Ruha Benjamin, and other leading scholars who endeavor to tell a more honest story of how computing has not delivered on its liberatory promise—at least not for women, people of color, or gay, trans, and queer people. So just who is left that this internet is for?

Sarah T. Roberts, University of California, Los Angeles; author of Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media

Book Talks

Date Location
04/13/22 Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, MA
04/14/22 Brookline Booksmiths, Brookline, MA
04/20/22 City Lights, San Francisco, CA
04/23/22 Politics and Prose, Washington, DC
04/28/22 The Bureau, New York, NY

In the Media

  1. "How the Internet Became Straight," interview for The MIT Press Reader
  2. "Let's Talk About Sex: Digital Pornography and LGBTQIA+ Censorship," interview for Radical AI podcast
  3. The Future is Now, radio interview for With Good Reason
  4. Review in Engineering & Technology
  5. Interview for Town Hall Seattle's In the Moment podcast
  6. Interview for Skylight Books' Skylit podcast
  7. Interview with Sean Moncrieff for Newstalk