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Abuse as Artefact: Understanding Digital Abuse of Women as Cultural Informant

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From slut-shaming to “revenge porn”, from harassment to the emerging concern of deepfake pornography, the internet can be a distinctly hostile place for women. While much problematic online activity mimics abuses perpetrated offline, others—like deepfakes, for example—have been made possible because of the technology. In this chapter I examine online abuse as an artefact that is richly revealing about our culture. I begin with a discussion of abuse as artefact. I then explore women’s sexual objectification as a central undercurrent of their abuse, and I use the objectification lens to examine some specific forms of abuse disproportionately directed at women—from slut-shaming to image-based sexual abuse—to investigate what online behaviour reveals about sexual politics.

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Rosewarne, L. (2021). Abuse as Artefact: Understanding Digital Abuse of Women as Cultural Informant. In: Powell, A., Flynn, A., Sugiura, L. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Violence and Technology. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-83734-1_8

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