Online abuse of feminists as an emerging form of violence against women and girls

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1462-1481
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume57
Issue number6
Early online date30 Sep 2016
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Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
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Abuse directed at visible and audible women demonstrates that cyberspace, once heralded as a new, democratic, public sphere, suffers similar gender inequalities as the offline world. This paper reports findings from a national UK study about experiences of online abuse amongst women who debate feminist politics. It argues that online abuse is most usefully conceived as a form of abuse or violence against women and girls, rather than as a form of communication. It examines the experiences of those receiving online abuse, thereby making a valuable contribution to existing research which tends to focus on analysis of the communications themselves.

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