Event Title

Feminism in Crisis: Navigating Feminisms and Debating Meanings

Presenter Information

Eleanor Powell, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Davis 217

Start Date

30-4-2015 3:15 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Women Against Feminism emerged in the summer of 2013 and became a full-blown viral campaign by June 2014. The movement has its own Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter pages and is still active today, with participants posting their own photos to spread messages explaining why feminism is inadequate, unfair, or wrong. What is this backlash campaign and why did it happen? Women Against Feminism is a microcosm of broader issues and exists in a context in which feminism is in crisis today. In order to contextualize this campaign, my research looks at the context of crisis both in feminist theory and in practice. Then, I turn to the slew of satirical response campaigns to analyze the ways in which online outlets serve as spaces in which subjects navigate discourses and debate the meaning of feminism today. Ultimately, my research demonstrates the potential and importance of new sites for debate that can reinvigorate feminist discourse and eventually create a renewed sense of feminist identity.

Faculty Sponsor

Laine Thielstrom

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1503

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Apr 30th, 3:15 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

Feminism in Crisis: Navigating Feminisms and Debating Meanings

Davis 217

Women Against Feminism emerged in the summer of 2013 and became a full-blown viral campaign by June 2014. The movement has its own Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter pages and is still active today, with participants posting their own photos to spread messages explaining why feminism is inadequate, unfair, or wrong. What is this backlash campaign and why did it happen? Women Against Feminism is a microcosm of broader issues and exists in a context in which feminism is in crisis today. In order to contextualize this campaign, my research looks at the context of crisis both in feminist theory and in practice. Then, I turn to the slew of satirical response campaigns to analyze the ways in which online outlets serve as spaces in which subjects navigate discourses and debate the meaning of feminism today. Ultimately, my research demonstrates the potential and importance of new sites for debate that can reinvigorate feminist discourse and eventually create a renewed sense of feminist identity.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/408