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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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Twitter as a Pedagogical Platform

Twitter as a Pedagogical Platform

Creating Feminist Digital Affective Counter-Publics to Challenge Rape Culture

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Digital Feminist Activism

Kaitlynn Mendes

Jessica Ringrose

Jessalynn Keller

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how feminists are using not only Twitter but a diverse interconnected range of social media platforms to engage in their digital activism. Drawing on a survey of 46 self-defined Twitter feminists, and a subsample of email, Skype, and in-person interviews with 21 of these respondents we explore how participants challenge rape culture and engage in feminist activism creating social media counter-publics. Twitter affords feminists connectivity, speed, immediacy, and global reach to share and debate: important pedagogical processes for raising awareness and visibility around issues such as rape culture. Despite the widely understood benefits of social media, participants recounted challenges of participating in digital activism on Twitter, including instances of hostile anti-feminism and episodes of sexually aggressive trolling. We outline participants’ emergent strategies for coping with technologically mediated misogyny and illuminate the significant role Twitter is playing in activating networked feminism.

Keywords:   Twitter, networked feminism, digital counter-publics, ant-feminism, trolling, mediated misogyny, rape culture, pedagogy

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