A peculiar breed of hate speech against women online.

*this event is now sold out thank you for your interest* Dr Richardson-Self on hate speech against women online

 *this event is now sold out thank you for your interest* 

  • Why do online trolls attack some women and not others? 
  • What do these online attacks achieve? What are they intended to achieve? 
  • What can we learn about Australian culture through the way these trolls behave?

Dr Richardson-Self's talk will discuss a representative sample of one type of hate speech against women online. These comments were posted in response to articles shared by The Australian on Facebook. To understand the logic that underpins these comments, Richardson-Self applies the critical framework of 'difference feminism'. This framework helps to explain which sorts of women are vulnerable to attack and why, what the broader function or effect of this speech is, and what can be inferred about gender- and sex-based hierarchies of socio-sexual power in Australia today.

Dr Louise Richardson-Self is a Lecturer in Philosophy & Gender Studies at the University of Tasmania. She has published extensively on LGBTIQ+ rights, including her book Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation (2015). She was recently awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award by the Australian Research Council (2019—2021) for the project Hate Speech Against Women Online: Concepts and Countermeasures, and was the recipient of the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ R. M. Crawford Medal in 2016.  

18:30 - 20:00 on Tuesday 12th February 2019 

Kathleen Syme Library Carlton


Dr Richardson-Self's donation

Dr Richardson-Self generously donated her remuneration for running the seminar to the Hobart Women's Shelter

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