Virtual Feminisms:Girls' blogging communities, feminist activism, and participatory politics

Keller, Jessalynn (2012) Virtual Feminisms:Girls' blogging communities, feminist activism, and participatory politics. Information, Communication & Society, 15 (3). ISSN 1369-118X

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While feminist media scholars have recognized the growing importance of feminist blogs, such as Jezebel, Racialicious, and Feministe, to contemporary feminism, the contribution of girls to this feminist blogosphere remains understudied. In this paper, the author addresses this research gap by investigating the complex and diverse ways that girls are using blogging communities to participate in a fem- inist political activism that reflects their needs as contemporary young feminists within a neoliberal cultural context. This analysis draws upon two case studies of popular blogs by teenage feminists, and interviews that were conducted with four girl bloggers who participated in these two communities. The author argues that through the practice of blogging, teenage girls are actively reframing what it means to participate in feminist politics, drawing on opportunities that the Internet provides to embrace new understandings of community, activism, and even feminism itself.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: feminism,girls' studies,new media,blogging,activism,sdg 5 - gender equality ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/gender_equality
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 08:08
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:50
DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2011.642890


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