Debunking the #Manosphere: an exploratory analysis on patriarchy and ageism within the digital realm

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Abstract

Online and offline realms are not detached one from the other but are rather convergent and mutually reinforcing. Over the past decade, as the so-called “digital era” emerged and expanded, expressions of misogynist beliefs started to burgeon within the online realm. On par with male misogynist individualised agency, there has also been a growth of what has been labelled the manosphere. Although mainly revolving around gender identities and roles, the manosphere is profoundly tied to conservative imaginaries of race, nationality, sexuality, religion and, we argue, age. Taking into account the feminist argument the personal is political, that age and gender are intersecting categories, and that the digital is a central realm in collective and connective action, this paper draws an exploratory study on how patriarchy and ageism inform the politics of the #manosphere, exploring at the same time how the digital realm makes this convergence and result prolific concerning manosphere’s agenda and mobilisation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology Design and Acceptance - 7th International Conference, ITAP 2021, Held as Part of the 23rd HCI International Conference, HCII 2021, Proceedings
EditorsQin Gao, Jia Zhou
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages420-429
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030781071
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event7th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2021, held as part of the 23rd International Conference, HCI International 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 24 Jul 202129 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12786 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2021, held as part of the 23rd International Conference, HCI International 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period24/07/2129/07/21

Keywords

  • Age
  • Intersectionality
  • Masculinities
  • Technology

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