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“If you agree to have a sugar daddy, isn’t it logical that you’ll get yourself chopped into pieces?” A socio-anthropological study of anti-feminist rhetoric on Russian-speaking Internet platforms in cases related to gender-based violence.

Soldatova, Isobel LU (2020) SANK02 20201
Social Anthropology
Abstract
The following paper is a socio-anthropological study of the anti-feminist and victim-blaming rhetoric that characterizes debates about cases related to gender-based violence on Russian-speaking Internet platforms. The study approaches the topic with two main questions in mind, namely: what are the common arguments
of victim-blaming on Russian-speaking Internet platforms? How does the anti-feminist rhetoric on Russian-speaking Internet platforms relate to the cultural and
socio-historic context of post-Soviet reality? The study used the renowned cases of the Khachaturian sisters and the Anastasia Yeshchenko murder as points of
departure for data-collection as they created intense online discussions on Russian-speaking platforms. The... (More)
The following paper is a socio-anthropological study of the anti-feminist and victim-blaming rhetoric that characterizes debates about cases related to gender-based violence on Russian-speaking Internet platforms. The study approaches the topic with two main questions in mind, namely: what are the common arguments
of victim-blaming on Russian-speaking Internet platforms? How does the anti-feminist rhetoric on Russian-speaking Internet platforms relate to the cultural and
socio-historic context of post-Soviet reality? The study used the renowned cases of the Khachaturian sisters and the Anastasia Yeshchenko murder as points of
departure for data-collection as they created intense online discussions on Russian-speaking platforms. The analysis of the discussions spurred by these events
demonstrates how comments to online articles and Twitter posts about gender-based violence on Russian-speaking platforms were characterized by a victim-blaming and anti-feminist rhetoric. The most common victim-blaming arguments were the following: the victim deserved it, something about the victim makes their victimhood questionable, and that violence is healthy, natural and/or sometimes required of heterosexual men. The study suggests that the victim-blaming tendencies and the anti-feminist sentiments expressed on the online platforms should be understood in their cultural and socio-historic context, as linked to post-Soviet ideas surrounding gender, sex, ideal victims and masculinity. (Less)
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author
Soldatova, Isobel LU
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organization
course
SANK02 20201
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Social anthropology, gender-based violence, Russian-speaking Internet, post-Soviet, digital ethnography
language
English
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9029854
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2020-09-24 09:51:57
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  abstract     = {The following paper is a socio-anthropological study of the anti-feminist and victim-blaming rhetoric that characterizes debates about cases related to gender-based violence on Russian-speaking Internet platforms. The study approaches the topic with two main questions in mind, namely: what are the common arguments
of victim-blaming on Russian-speaking Internet platforms? How does the anti-feminist rhetoric on Russian-speaking Internet platforms relate to the cultural and
socio-historic context of post-Soviet reality? The study used the renowned cases of the Khachaturian sisters and the Anastasia Yeshchenko murder as points of
departure for data-collection as they created intense online discussions on Russian-speaking platforms. The analysis of the discussions spurred by these events
demonstrates how comments to online articles and Twitter posts about gender-based violence on Russian-speaking platforms were characterized by a victim-blaming and anti-feminist rhetoric. The most common victim-blaming arguments were the following: the victim deserved it, something about the victim makes their victimhood questionable, and that violence is healthy, natural and/or sometimes required of heterosexual men. The study suggests that the victim-blaming tendencies and the anti-feminist sentiments expressed on the online platforms should be understood in their cultural and socio-historic context, as linked to post-Soviet ideas surrounding gender, sex, ideal victims and masculinity.},
  author       = {Soldatova, Isobel},
  keyword      = {Social anthropology,gender-based violence,Russian-speaking Internet,post-Soviet,digital ethnography},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {“If you agree to have a sugar daddy, isn’t it logical that you’ll get yourself chopped into pieces?” A socio-anthropological study of anti-feminist rhetoric on Russian-speaking Internet platforms in cases related to gender-based violence.},
  year         = {2020},
}