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What is Discursive Activism

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Women, Voice, and Agency
Activism that aims to produce social change by changing language, media representations, social discourse and so on.
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Collective Voices Online: Discursive Activism in #MeToo
Vittoria Bernardini (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4829-5.ch003
The chapter investigates how women use the practice of speaking out in their activism to bring issues that are significant to them from the private sphere into the public sphere. Specifically, it focuses on analyzing how this was achieved in the case of the #MeToo movement, taken as the most prominent example of activism against sexual harassment in recent years. Using the conceptual tool of counter public sphere developed by Nancy Fraser, the chapter examines two relevant events from #MeToo: the sexual misconduct allegations against actor Aziz Ansari and the circulation of the so-called “Shitty Media Men” list.
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