From Hashtagging from the Margins:
"Framing the actions of women of color on Twitter as feminist consciousness-raising serves a specific purpose: to contextualize this kind of activity within feminist discourse, to make it legible to those more familiar with feminist studies and feminist studies concepts and terminology. Women of color do not need to think of their collective dialogue and activism on Twitter as “consciousness-raising” in order for it to be valuable or effective. Rather, this is a grammar that aids mainstream feminists in seeing how critiques of Black Twitter and women of color on Twitter frequently carry the same racist, exclusionary, and othering language and attention from white, mainstream feminism and predominantly white media coverage. In consciousness-raising groups of the past, women of color often felt more than simply “excluded,” as Kennedy suggests, but were silenced, dismissed, belittled, and treated with the violence of once they gained entry into consciousness-raising groups. The racism and violence rampant in consciousness-raising groups of the 2nd Wave is echoed in the reactions of many white feminists to the consciousness-raising efforts of women of color on Twitter."
Caitlin's chapter Hashtagging from the Margins: Women of Color Engaged in Feminist Consciousness-Raising on Twitter is available in the book Women of Color and Social Media Multitasking from Lexington Books.
About the text: "Women of Color and Social Media Multitasking: Blogs, Timelines, Feeds, and Community explores and critically analyzes the motivations and uses of social media by women of color. This edited collection seeks to determine how, and why, women of color make strategic use of social media as a social, professional, personal, and political tool for navigating the world. The contributors uniquely address the motivations and pathways for establishing virtual communities by, and for, women of color. Women of Color and Social Media Multitasking contributes to dialogues concerning gender, race, class, sexuality, politics, and uses of social media."
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