Challenging Women’s Digital Agency: The Frequency of Slut Shaming in Social Media

Elisa Tate

Abstract


Slut shaming is a cyberbullying technique used to insult women’s suspected or actual sexual history in order
to silence their perspectives. Although social media spaces are considered participatory platforms, women who
share their feminist values in these spaces are often slut shamed, despite the fact that the Internet was originally
viewed as a space for encouraging gender equality, because it offered users the possibility of creating post-gender
identities online. By examining the misogynist online experiences of three feminists—Amber Rose, Zoë Quinn,
and Amanda Hess—I argue that, in reality, social media spaces represent not tolerant spaces, but gendered, oppressive
technologies.


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