Quotation Lutzky, Ursula, Lawson, Robert. 2019. Gender Politics and Discourses of #mansplaining, #manspreading, and #manterruption on Twitter. Social Media + Society. 5 (3)


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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.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Social Media + Society
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Gender Politics and Discourses of #mansplaining, #manspreading, and #manterruption on Twitter
Volume 5
Number 3
Year 2019
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119861807
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119861807
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2056305119861807

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Lutzky, Ursula (Details)
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Lawson, Robert (Birmingham City University, United Kingdom)
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Department of Foreign Language Business Communication DP (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6633 Computational linguistics (Details)
6643 Synchronic linguistics (Details)
6912 Gender studies (humanities) (Details)
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