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Digitized narratives of sexual violence: Making sexual violence felt and known through digital disclosures

Mendes, K; Keller, J; Ringrose, J; (2018) Digitized narratives of sexual violence: Making sexual violence felt and known through digital disclosures. New Media and Society 10.1177/1461444818820069. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we argue that social media platforms like Tumblr and Twitter have facilitated an emergence of “digitized narratives” of sexual violence. These narratives are rooted in historical ways in which feminists have discursively articulated sexual violence, yet are shaped by distinctive “platform vernacular” or the conventions, affordances, and restrictions of the platforms in which they appear. Drawing on a qualitative content and critical discourse analysis of 450 texts from the Tumblr site Who Needs Feminism? and the hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported, we argue that digital platforms such as Tumblr and Twitter produce new vernacular practices which shape how “digitized narratives” of sexual violence are not only disclosed and known, but felt and experienced across digital networks.

Type: Article
Title: Digitized narratives of sexual violence: Making sexual violence felt and known through digital disclosures
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1461444818820069
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444818820069
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Digitized narratives, feminism, memes, platform vernacular, rape, rape culture, sexual violence, Tumblr, Twitter
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066558
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