A study into the relationship of social media and sexism

Meeking, Sarah (2015) A study into the relationship of social media and sexism. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Sexism has continually been an issue in society, and it has gradually become more apparent through the use of social media. This first chapter of the dissertation focuses on how online media has seen a change in the way in which people interact with one another, creating a physical distance between users of social media. This is applied to the second chapter which sees the increase of sexism online through the exploration of how distance and anonymity online has enabled sexist behaviour to become easier to express. It is clear that gender discrimination is still an issue in society affecting women, it has been amplified through the use of social media and with Twitter and Facebook having a combined total of over 800 million users it identifies the dominance of social media in contemporary culture. Finally the combination of both social media sites and the resulting presence of sexism are applied to the final chapter which has used findings from a survey to support the argument that sexism has increased because of anonymity and distance on social media sites, it explores fourth-wave feminism emerging as a response to the increasing presence of sexism towards women, and the internet is used as their form of activism. This dissertation concludes that social media has impacted on the progression of gender equality and has resulted in a new wave of feminism, as it is evident that patriarchy is still present in society.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 15:32
    Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 16:07
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22697

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