SlutWalk pp 159-186 | Cite as

SlutWalk, Community and Cyberactivism

  • Kaitlynn Mendes


As the second of two chapters exploring results from interviews with 22 SlutWalk organizers from around the world, who were involved in the movement between 2011 and 2014, this chapter analyzes ways that satellite groups connected with one another, formed feminist communities, and fostered a larger SlutWalk movement. And while there is no doubt that offline activism (e.g. SlutWalk marches) was crucial to the movement’s success, this chapter highlights the ways social media fostered networked counterpublics, or online spaces for feminists to regroup, connect with one another, form opinions, express emotions and draw attention to certain issues which may require action. These networked counterpublics were fostered through speaking to one another directly (often via Twitter), identifying issues in need of addressing (often through mainstream or feminist media) and developing feminist discourses around these issues. And although there is evidence of many strong connections, my research also highlighted a range of other superficial or weak connections, in which satellite groups do not interact beyond ‘liking’ each others’ Facebook pages, or ‘following’ one another via Twitter. Yet, despite this, these interlinkages at least provide a sense of a united SlutWalk movement, which gives it credibility and demonstrates the ways feminists around the world are working together to end rape culture.


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© Kaitlynn Mendes 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaitlynn Mendes
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  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

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