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#YesAllWomen and Heroic ‘Silence Breakers’: Online Speech, Collective Stories and the Politics of Belief

  • Tanya Serisier


This chapter discusses the significance of social media as a forum for the production and dissemination of women’s narratives of sexual violence. Recent years have seen an upsurge in public and publicly accessible survivor speech. This chapter begins with a discussion of the effects of the collective storytelling of hashtag activism and the ways it has enabled increasing forms of speaking out. I argue, however, that social media does not eliminate the problem of being disbelieved and refused a hearing. Instead, I suggest that it changes the terrain on which these judgements happen. Finally, I ask whether, if social media represents a logical extension of the politics of speaking out, it might also offer insight into its political limits.


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  • Tanya Serisier
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  1. 1.School of LawBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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