The collection of essays outlines how feminists employ a variety of online platforms, practices, and tools to create spaces of solidarity and to articulate a critical politics that refuses popular forms of individual, consumerist, white feminist empowerment in favor of collective, tangible action. Including scholars and activists from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, these essays help to catalog the ways in which feminists are organizing online to mobilize different feminist, queer, trans, disability, reproductive justice, and racial equality movements. Together, these perspectives offer a comprehensive overview of how feminists are employing the tools of the internet for political change. Grounded in intersectional feminism––a perspective that attends to the interrelatedness of power and oppression based on race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, and other identities––this book gathers provocations, analyses, creative explorations, theorizations, and case studies of networked feminist activist practices. In doing so, this collection archives important work already done within feminist digital cultures and acts as a vital blueprint for future feminist action.
Shana MacDonald is associate professor in communication arts at the University of Waterloo.
Brianna I. Wiens is postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo.
Michelle MacArthur is assistant professor in the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor.
Milena Radzikowska is professor in information design at Mount Royal University.
Introduction: Feminist Takes on Networking Justice
Chapter 1: A Sign of the Times: Hashtag Feminism as a Conceptual Framework, Tara L. Conley
Chapter 2: Virtual Sojourners: The Duality of Visibility and Erasure for Black Women and LGBTQ People in the Digital Age, Melissa Brown
Chapter 3: Chronic Fem(me)bots: Keywords for Crip Feminists, Adan Jerreat-Poole
Chapter 4: Virtual Dwelling: Feminist Orientations to Digital Communities, Brianna I. Wiens
Chapter 5: Native and Indigenous Women’s Cyber-Defense of Lands and Peoples, Marisa Elena Duarte
Chapter 6: “Being Seen for Who I Am”: Counterpublic Trans Intelligibility and Queer Worldmaking on YouTube, Ace J. Eckstein
Chapter 7: Online (Indian/South Asian) Digital Protest Publics Negotiating #POC, #BIPOC, and #anticaste, Radhika Gajjala, Sarah Ford, Vijeta Kumar, and Sujatha Subramanian
Chapter 8: Affect Amplifiers: Feminist Activists and Digital Cartographies of Feminicide, Helena Suárez Val
Chapter 9: Reproductive Justice and Activism Online: Digital Feminisms and Organizational/Activist Use of Social Networking Sites, Leandra H. Hernández and Sarah De Los Santos Upton
Chapter 10: Racial Justice and Scholar-Activism, Angela Smith, Ihudiya Finda Williams, and Alexandra To
Chapter 11: Hope Wears A White Collar: RBG Memes and Signifying Intergenerational Solidarity, Elizabeth Nathanson
About the Contributors
We frequently hear calls for more intersectional feminist work in digital media studies, and Networked Feminisms is a masterclass is how to do that. A rich collection of polyvocal contributions, this book provides both a range of useful concepts for exploring networked communication from a feminist lens as well as practical methodological insights into the study of online communities and hashtag publics. Highly self-reflexive and resistant to safe analysis and simple conclusions, the chapters in this book rigorously and creatively explore online activism addressing exclusions based on race, indigeneity, gender identity, sexuality, ability, and caste.