Stories of Feminist Protest and Resistance: Digital Performative Assemblies foregrounds the importance of storytelling for coalition building, solidarity, and performative assembly. Bringing together scholars and activists from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, this book offers creative explorations, analyses, personal stories, and case studies of digital feminist activism that speak directly to the many ways that feminist communities assemble for the purposes of protest and resistance. Through various forms of feminist media mobilizations, from hashtag feminism and platform activism to personal blogs and meme accounts, these chapters explore how digital feminists use the long-standing tactics of storytelling to counter the dominant narratives of white supremacy, colonialism, heteropatriarchy, and the intersecting oppressions that accompany such structures, both online and offline. By sharing stories of intersectional feminist assembly for collective justice, this book contributes to larger conversations about establishing alternative ways of seeing and being in the world, inviting others to assemble with us.
Brianna I. Wiens is assistant professor in English language and literature at the University of Waterloo.
Michelle MacArthur is associate professor at the University of Windsor's School of Dramatic Art.
Shana MacDonald is associate professor in communication arts at the University of Waterloo.
Milena Radzikowska is professor in information design at Mount Royal University.
Chapter 1: Tactics of Feminist Disappropriation and Cultural Directions in Our Global Digital Era: A Case for #NiUnaMenos in Times of #MeToo
Chapter 2: Storying Blackfoot Resilience in the Digital Age
Gabrielle E. Lindstrom, Sierra Shade, and Sofia Baptiste
Chapter 3: #SayHerNameNigeria: Nigerian Feminists Resist Police Sexual Violence on Women's Bodies
Ololade Faniyi, Angel Nduka-Nwosu, and Radhika Gajjala
Chapter 4: Interfering with State Surveillance and Data Collection: Hacking the Affordance of “Identifiability” as Resistance on Social Media
Chapter 5: Can Butches be Feminists? Unearthing the Complexities within Butch and Butch/Femme Facebook Groups
Chapter 6: “Please send a video of yourself breaking shit”: The Digital Assembly Video and Networked Feminist Solidarities
Chapter 7: One Taught Me Action: The Digital Meta-Lives and Affective Resonances of Pop Protest Signs
Chapter 8: Meme Feminisms: Tactical Irony on Social Media
Keren Zaiontz and Kristen Cochrane
Chapter 9: Queering Digital Activisms: The Collective Rhetoric of Edit-a-Thons
Chapter 10: Pushing Back: How Blogs and Podcasts are Empowering Birthing Bodies Online
Shaylynn Lynch Lesinski, Tammy Rae Matthews, and Kelly J. Drumright
Chapter 11: Feminism and Networked Individual Activism: The Case of Susan Fowler
Minna Aslama Horowitz and Neil Feinstein
Chapter 12: “I want us to own the goddamned servers”: The Feminist Principles of Archive of Our Own
Stories of Feminist Protest and Resistance expands our understanding of the multiple and varied ways that feminists engage with digital culture to produce a more just world. Through a diverse set of methods, theoretical orientations, and global case studies, the chapters illuminate and interrogate key questions about digital feminisms and their relationship to the politics of visibility, intersectional coalition-building, and affective social life. The stories documented throughout this book highlight the richness of the future of feminist digital media studies scholarship.