Queer seminar: Who's laughing now? Feminist tactics in social media

  • Date: –18:00
  • Location: Zoom
  • Lecturer: Jenny Sundén, Professor of Gender Studies, Södertörn University and Susanna Paasonen, Professor of Media Studies, University of Turku
  • Organiser: The Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Nicole Oversen
  • Seminarium

Why and how does a politics of pleasure matter in our time?

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Online sexism, hate, and harassment aim to silence women and other others through shaming and fear. In this seminar, Sundén and Paasonen argue that feminist social media tactics that use humor, laughter, and a sense of the absurd to answer name-calling, slut-shaming, and unsolicited dick pics can rewire the affective circuits of sexual shame and acts of shaming.

The contagiousness of laughter drives the emergence of networked forms of feminism, bringing people together (although it may also create rifts). With this work, Sundén and Paasonen break new ground in exploring the intersection of networked feminism, humor, and affect, arguing for the political necessity of inappropriate laughter.