Sexist Hate Speech as Subjectivation: Challenges in Media Education

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This chapter is dedicated to exploring the practice of sexism—in the sense of sexist hate speech—in digital media and its discursive relationship to theories of subjectivation and education. While I do not approach the issue via the concept of discourse in a formal analytical sense, I reference a Foucauldian view of language drawing on theories of discourse and identifying language and speaking as instruments of power and knowledge. After surveying the current state of digitisation and media education, I will use examples of sexist hate speech to examine the relevance of the gendered orders in force in media and beyond and illuminate a gap in theories of media education in terms of their neglect of the analysis of power relations.




Hoffarth, B. (2022). Sexist Hate Speech as Subjectivation: Challenges in Media Education. In Palgrave Studies in Educational Media (pp. 69–86). Palgrave Macmillan.

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