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MeToo: A review of digital feminist literature

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 1220

#MeToo: A review of digital feminist literature

Presented by Hélène Bigras-Dutrisac, Dennis Ho, Olivia Lake, Kaity Mendez, Darryl Pieber, Anabel Quan-Haase, Kelly Wang.

Abstract: The sudden spread of a single hashtag brought international attention to a Twitter movement in 2017 and created a networked community where survivors shared their experiences of sexual misconduct and abuse. The phrase #MeToo was coined by US-based community activist Tarana Burke in 2006 but it garnered international attention as a hashtag 11 years later when American actress Alyssa Milano used the phrase on Twitter. With this project, we present work in progress on our review of the literature and discuss key themes that have emerged in the scholarship on the #MeToo movement. Our goal is to present a comprehensive review covering publications in the social sciences, communications, and gender studies disciplines. We start with an overview of our methodology (synthesis review) and show the strengths of using this approach to inform understandings of digital feminist activism.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Becky Blue

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