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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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Teen Feminist Digital Activisms

Teen Feminist Digital Activisms

Resisting Rape Culture in and around School

(p.145) 7 Teen Feminist Digital Activisms
Digital Feminist Activism

Kaitlynn Mendes

Jessica Ringrose

Jessalynn Keller

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 explores how teen girls are using social media to engage with institutionalized and systematic forms of sexism, sexual objectification, and harassment constitutive of not only what can be termed rape culture but also lad culture in secondary schools in the UK, US, and Canada. The chapter draws on interview data with 27 teenage girls including individual Skype interviews with 11 teen girls in Canada, US, UK, and Ireland and in-person focus groups with 16 girls from a London secondary school feminist club. We show how platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and group chats provide different affordances and vernaculars for girls to challenge rape culture collectively and individually. We focus on the minutia of moments such as when girls challenge a rape joke on Facebook, collectively operate a feminist Twitter account, or negotiate instances of trolling, offering unique insight into the nuances of using social media as teen feminist activists attending school.

Keywords:   teen feminism, school, dress codes, rape jokes, lad banter, rape culture, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, trolling

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