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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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Hashtag Feminism

Hashtag Feminism

Sharing Stories with #BeenRapedNeverReported

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(p.125) 6 Hashtag Feminism
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Digital Feminist Activism
Author(s):

Kaitlynn Mendes

Jessica Ringrose

Jessalynn Keller

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190697846.003.0006

This chapter focuses on women’s use of the Twitter hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported. Using the hashtag, hundreds of girls and women shared the reasons they didn’t report incidents of sexual assault by partners, family members, friends, and acquaintances. We explore how this feminist hashtag developed in response to the public allegations of sexual violence made about then-popular Canadian CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, and ultimately moved across the media landscape, producing a robust public discussion about sexual violence and rape culture. Drawing on thematic analysis of #BeenRapedNeverReported tweets and interviews with eight women who contributed to the hashtag, we analyze the “affective solidarity” produced along this hashtag and the ways it created new lived possibilities for feminist identification, experience, organizing, and resistance. We contextualize this analysis within a larger Canadian media culture to position the hashtag as both a discursive and affective intervention into hegemonic public discourse about rape culture and sexual violence.

Keywords:   hashtag feminism, rape culture, Twitter, solidarity, affect, #BeenRapedNeverReported, Jian Ghomeshi, affective solidarity

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