Race and the Digital: Racial Formation and 21st Century Technologies

Digital Supplement

#Yesallwomen has spread from its primary source, Twitter, to other new media sources such as Google+, Youtube, Instagram, and even online news articles. The social media movement has allowed women to share their heart-wrenching and personal stories of being sexually assaulted and or harassed, and thus shedding light on a sensitive topic that multiple people are perhaps scared to bring up. Social media has shown that such a hashtag is a safe place for people to share their stories, but also a somewhat scary space in that the public can view it and comment what they please. Nonetheless this has not held multiple people from trending the popular hashtag and the stories/discussions that come along with it. The social media movement has allowed people of all genders, ages, and races to create discussions among themselves and bringing in different branches of the #Yesallwomen movement, such topics include feminism, rape culture, and even slut shaming of women. The popularity of the movement even brought celebrities, such as Emma Watson, to give speeches about the movement and its different elements. Although we cannot all relate to sexual assault and harassment, we can all still sympathize with the women who share their stories in a time when we were perhaps put down or shunned in anyway. The social media movement has ultimately shown that unity can spark from a tragedy that affected multiple people, and not just women. #Yesallwomen has reminded the public how strong women are and what a long way they have come in creating equality for themselves among different spectrums.

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