This Independent Study analyzes ways in which digital feminist movements, like #MeToo, are impacting real life social changes. The nuanced ways digitized platforms have enabled new forms of social protesting (such as cloud protesting) through the development of digitized narratives, utilizing tools enabled by the architectural frameworks of digital platforms, displays the breadth of these systemic issues. Systematically reproduced and normalized forms of gendered subordination such as hegemonic masculinity, masculine domination, and symbolic violence, are being countered with the formation of affective communities demanding respectful recognition. Though real changes take time and patience, a growing portion of society is collectively resisting these systems, demanding time is up as we collectively declare #MeToo.


Tierney, Thomas


Sociology and Anthropology


Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence | Gender and Sexuality | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Sociology of Culture


#MeToo, Rape Culture, Masculine Domination, Symbolic Violence, Hegemonic Masculinity, Gendered Violence, Online Communities, Digital Communities, Affective Solidarity, Digitized Narratives, Affective Community, Recognition, Social Change, Hear Us, Time's Up, Cloud Protesting, Patriarchy, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Workplace Harassment, Real Life Change, Slacktivism, Gender Commands

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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