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Digital Feminist ActivismGirls and Women Fight Back Against Rape Culture$
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Kaitlynn Mendes, Jessica Ringrose, and Jessalynn Keller

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190697846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190697846.001.0001

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Digital Feminist Interventions

(p.1) 1 Introduction
(p.iii) Digital Feminist Activism

Kaitlynn Mendes

Jessica Ringrose

Jessalynn Keller

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, we begin by making a case for the ubiquitous ways rape culture, harassment, and sexual violence continue to be a part of many girls’ and women’s everyday lives, despite the ways in which feminists have challenged these issues for over half a century. This chapter then goes on to outline the various ways girls and women have begun to harness new technologies to challenge these practices. Importantly, the chapter also introduces the scholarly foundation for this book, focusing specifically on the contemporary social and cultural context in which our case studies operate. The interdisciplinary nature of this study means we engage with key concepts from the fields of digital media studies, women’s studies, cultural studies, sociology, and education studies. The concepts or terms that we explore and define here include rape culture, lad culture, hashtag feminism, and mediated abuse.

Keywords:   rape culture, popular feminism, misogyny, trolling, postfeminism, digital activism, hashtag feminism, digital feminism, activism

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