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Title: Digitized narratives of sexual violence: Making sexual violence felt and known through digital disclosures
Authors: Mendes, Kaitlynn
Keller, Jessalynn
Ringrose, Jessica
First Published: 29-Dec-2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: New Media and Society, 2018, 21(6), pp. 1290-1310
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.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1461444818820069
ISSN: 1461-4448
eISSN: 1461-7315
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2018. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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