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Men Talking, Writing, and Imaging Violence against Women: (Dis)continuities Offline and Online
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland; University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK. (Human Geography, CVS, CFS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9808-1413
Department of Cognitive Science and Psychology, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research (KIMEP University), Almaty Kazakhstan.
Northumbria University, Department of Social Sciences, Newcastle, UK.
2021 (English)In: Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, ISSN 1946-2204, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 23-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How to represent violence— that is, talk about, write about, and image violence—without reproducing violence/violation is a challenge. Violence can be presented, re-presented, and represented in many ways, and through diverse narratives. In this article we analyze the narratives of those using violence, either when subsequently talking about the violence or in doing violation itself. Thus, we write on violence and violation, and we explore how men’s violence and violation are talked of, written, and imaged by men, even while they may well not be aware that they are enacting violence/violation. We attend to some of the continuities and discontinuities in men’s narratives between those talking about their use of immediate, direct physical violence/violation, especially against women, and those doing various forms of digital violence/violation through writing violence/violation. In the latter case, two examples are fore grounded: first, what is popularly known as “revenge pornography,” that is, nonconsensual sharing and distribution of sexual images and texts; and second, “upskirting,” that is, nonconsensual taking of photographs and videos of (usually) women’s bodies and clothing. We draw on or analyze these practices through understandings of men, masculinities, and variable masculinist narratives. The final part of the article compares the three examples and considers their implications, the overlaps and blurrings between offline physical violence and digital violence/violation, and future challenges.

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Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press , 2021. Vol. 13, no 1, p. 23-48
Keywords [en]
imaging, men, online, violation, violence against women, talking, writing
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Sociology Social Work Gender Studies
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Sociology; Social Work; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-109664DOI: 10.1353/stw.2021.a908967OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-109664DiVA, id: diva2:1811232
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This article is a development of the keynote, presented by Jeff Hearn, with the assistance of Matthew Hall and Ruth Lewis, “(Men) Talking (About) and Writing (About) Violence/Violation Offline/Online,” at the “Making Sense of Violence in the Digital Age Symposium,” Nordic Summer University, Narrative and Violence Study Circle, University of Gdańsk, Poland, February 24 – 26, 2020.

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