Date of Award

1-1-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Media, Film and Journalism Studies

First Advisor

Erika Polson

Keywords

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

Abstract

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.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Madison M. Snider

File size

103 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Communication, International relations

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