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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Issue number: 28, January-June 2019


Estibaliz Linares Bahillo Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, España
Raquel Royo Prieto Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, España
María Silvestre Cabrera Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, España
Title Sexual and sexist cyber-harassment towards young girls. New online versions of patriarchal oppression of female sexuality and corporality Summary This paper, which derives from the PhD thesis ¨The Macho-driven digital Iceberg¨, uses a qualitative methodology and gender and (cyber) feminist theory to explore sexual and sexist cyberbullying of female adolescents in the Basque Country. To confront this reality, 9 discussion groups were formed: 3 male, 3 female and 3 mixed, with students from stages equivalent to GCSE and FE (4th year compulsory secondary education and 1st year further education) (Spanish ESO and Bachiller), as well as 2 online forums. This qualitative methodology has allowed us to analyse the different types of bullying suffered by teenage girls, and study in depth the sexist and macho/ patriarchal structures underlying these forms of cyberviolence. Amongst the most relevant results, of most significance is that, just as in offline reality, the social media produce schematic and asymmetric gender relationships and, consequently, gender violence. On social media specific forms of cyber violence are aimed at girls, who receive more insults about their physical appearance, are sexually intimidated and receive more sexist comments than boys. Keywords Sexual/sexist cyber-harassment, cyber feminism, adolescents, gender.


doi: https://doi.org/10.31921/doxacom.n28a11


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