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Pain Generation: Social Media, Feminist Activism, and the Neoliberal Selfie

L. Ayu Saraswati


Pain Generation troubles the phenomenon of feminists turning to social media to respond to and enact the political potential of pain inflicted by acts of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexual abuse. Anchoring its analysis in theories and criticisms of neoliberal feminism, this book illustrates the complexity of how, in using digital platforms such as Instagram and Twitter that are governed by neoliberal logic, the antiracist and decolonial feminists it discusses take on a “neoliberal self(ie) gaze” in their social media activism—and the dangers of doing so. To put forward such an argu ... More

Keywords: social media, feminist activism, neoliberal feminism, sexual harassment, racial oscillation, Instagram, Twitter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479808342
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479808342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. Ayu Saraswati, author
University of Hawai'i