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Laughing at Injustice: #DistractinglySexy and #StayMadAbby as Counternarratives

  • Aimée Morrison
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Abstract

The viral Twitter hashtags #DistractinglySexy, #StayMadAbby and #BeckyWithTheBadGrades produce micro-counternarratives to stereotyped characterizations of women in science and race-based affirmative action in admissions, respectively. They exemplify an emerging mode of online resistance by marginalized subjects: using social media platforms to gain wide visibility, creating hashtags for grass-roots collective participation, and viral spread of content, and using humour to destabilize the institutional framing of these conflicts by dominant groups.

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