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Femcel Forums: Exploring Gender Identity and...

Thursday, November 16, 2023
4:30 pm
FIMS and Nursing Building (FNB)
Room: 4130 (or Zoom)

"Femcel Forums: Exploring Gender Identity & Radicalization on Reddit"

Presented by Brittany Melton, PhD candidate in Media Studies at Western University.

Attend in person: FNB 4130
Attend online: Zoom

Part of the FIMS Mediations Lecture Series 2023/24.

Everyone is welcome.


This presentation will delve into my dissertation research which explores how "female celibate" groups (femcels) on Reddit discuss societal norms, gender identity, and sexuality. I focus on two main areas: how femcels use Reddit for gender discourse, and the strategies r/FemaleDatingStrategy moderators use to regulate gender expression and potentially radicalize members. Key research questions include: Why do FDS users choose Reddit for gender discussions? How does Reddit's structure empower gender identity expression? How might Reddit's features enable radicalization by moderators? And, how does shared identity promote counterpublic formation on Reddit? This study underscores the importance of understanding motivations for joining such subreddits and the role of Reddit's structure in gender expression and potential radicalization. I'll overview my research trajectory during my presentation and seek two faculty respondents to enrich the discussion.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
FIMS Communications

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