Practicing alt-right femininity: Women’s participation in far right digital activism (Dissertationsprojekt)
Dissertation in Kultur
First supervisor: Prof. Frank Kelleter
Second supervisor: N/A
Third supervisor: N/A
While burgeoning right-wing digital cultures are largely male-dominated and defend patriarchal hegemony, a number of female activists and influencers who identify as traditional women participate in these politics in active and highly-visible ways on social media. Addressing the under-researched role of women in contemporary far-right activism, my dissertation investigates the practices of “trad” femininity (shorthand for traditional) that they cultivate through their online activity and embodiments on various platforms. It seeks to understand how trad women balance their commitment to traditional gender norms that relegate them to the private domain of domestic duties and behind-the-scenes support with their public presence in the realm of politically-laced peer production. In doing so, it explores the potential impact of trad femininity on contemporary politics and communicative cultures.