Sexual Harassment Online

Sexual Harassment Online

Shaming and Silencing Women in the Digital Age

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The lack of attention to gender-based online abuse in the scholarly literature is due to the inclusion of words considered uncivil and offensive, Levey suggests, but she believes the risk of repeating abusive language and pejoratives is necessary to establish the problem and examine the effect of misogynist language thoroughly. She discusses gender and sexual norms in the digital age, shaming sexual activity, judging "bad" girls, enforcing heterofeminine standards, silencing women in public, and transformation and dissent on social media. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Women who use social media are often subjected to blatant sexual harassment, facing everything from name calling to threats of violence. Aside from being disturbing, what does this abuse tell us about gender and sexual norms? And can we use the Internet to resist, even transform, destructive misogynistic norms? Exploring the language of shaming and silencing women in the cybersphere, Tania Levey addresses these questions and also considers how online attempts to regulate women’s behavior intersect with issues of race, ethnicity, and class.

•Gender and Sexual Norms in the Digital Age.
•Slut: Shaming Sexual Activity.
•Whore: Judging “Bad” Girls.
•Dyke: Enforcing Heterofeminine Standards.
•Bitch: Controlling Gender Performances.
•Cunt: Silencing Women in Public. •Transformation and Dissent on Social Media.

Publisher: Boulder, Colorado :, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.,, 2018
Copyright Date: ℗♭2018
ISBN: 9781626376953
Characteristics: vii, 216 pages ; 24 cm


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