Gender and Generational Barriers and Technological Inducements to Communication of Public Sexual Harassment (PSH) Experiences
Beilhart, Jacqueline F.
This study seeks to better understand how recipients of public sexual harassment (PSH) communicate about their experiences. By combining research on public sexual harassment (PSH), microaggression theory, sexual objectification, and other forms of violence against women, I created a framework of analysis and then conducted a content analysis of the two most popular online forums in the US for reporting incidents of PSH--Hollaback! and StopStreetHarassment. The coding provided basic information about what is posted in these forums along with interesting insights into conversations about PSH offline and online. The analysis suggests that generational differences do not impact conversations about PSH but gender differences do--in a negative manner. Further, the study demonstrates that PSH forums are a strong technological inducement to communication of stories that might not get shared in the offline world.
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