Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Media, Film, and Journalism Studies

First Advisor

Erika Polson, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Christof Demont-Heinrich

Third Advisor

Christina Foust

Fourth Advisor

Sarah Hamilton


Feminist resistance, Gender based violence, Online discourse, Public performance, Social movement, Street harassment


This paper explores street harassment as a contentious practice in the rhetorical spaces of the street and social media posting through a case study of the performance group Las Hijas de Violencia. Through anarchistic direct action resistance tactics, the group confronted harassers in the streets of Mexico City and their recordings launched global media interest which led to viral online sharing. Widespread sharing of their performance led to the creation of public discursive space, through comments sections, which was utilized to measure attitudes toward street harassment and feminist direct action protest. Contextualized in a growing call for an end to street harassment, this is the first critical inquiry into Las Hijas de Violencia. Their tactics and subsequent interpretations by viewers are approached critically and through an interpretive thematic analysis in order to gain insight into hegemonic power that dictates gendered behaviors in public space, both on and offline.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Madison M. Snider


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

103 p.


Communication, International relations