Gender Politics and Discourses of #mansplaining, #manspreading, and #manterruption on Twitter

Lutzky, Ursula and Lawson, Robert (2019) Gender Politics and Discourses of #mansplaining, #manspreading, and #manterruption on Twitter. Social Media + Society, 5 (3). pp. 1-12. ISSN 2056-3051

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Abstract

This article presents the findings of a corpus linguistic analysis of the hashtags #mansplaining, #manspreading, and #manterruption, three lexical blends which have recently found widespread use across a variety of online media platforms. Focusing on the social media and microblogging site Twitter, we analyze a corpus of over 20,000 tweets containing these hashtags to examine how discourses of gender politics and gender relations are represented on the site. More specifically, our analysis suggests that users include these hashtags in tweets to index their individual evaluations of, and assumptions about, “proper” gendered behavior. Consequently, their metadiscursive references to the respective phenomena reflect their beliefs of what constitutes appropriate (verbal) behavior and the extent to which gender is appropriated as a variable dictating this behavior. As such, this article adds to our knowledge of the ways in which gendered social practices become sites of contestation and how contemporary gender politics play out in social media sites.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119861807
Date: 1 July 2019
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Q300 English studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of English
Depositing User: Robert Lawson
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2019 08:24
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2019 08:24
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7899

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