Online humor targeting women on Turkish digital media platforms: An intersectional approach to digital violence

  • Nazlı Bülay Doğan Isik University
Keywords: digital media, online humor, intersectionality, Facebook, Sour Dictionary

Abstract

This article examines online violence disguised as humor on Turkish digital media plat forms. Online conversations from Sour Dictionary, a pioneer dictionary-platform, reveal how class, politics and gender inequalities intersect to reproduce power relations in digital media against non-paid domestic workers (housewives) being visible in Facebook. Drawing from the theoretical framework of intersectionality, the study shows that women are exposed to violence not just through the category of gender, while at the same time, the criticism and the violence interchange dynamically through the instrument of humor.

Author Biography

Nazlı Bülay Doğan, Isik University

Nazlı Bülay Doğan is interested in digital sociology and Science and Technology Studies. A graduate of Galatasaray University, she received her MA from Bogazici University. In addition, she holds a PhD in Design, Technology and Society from the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University. In her doctoral studies, she examined crime frames about hacktivism in Turkey within critical criminology. A Fulbright alumna, a former research fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, a member of IAMCR and the Union for Democratic Communications, Dr. Doğan worked as a lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University Department of Sociology. Currently, she works as a lecturer at Isik University.

Published
2022-02-07
How to Cite
Doğan, N. B. (2022). Online humor targeting women on Turkish digital media platforms: An intersectional approach to digital violence. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 11(2). Retrieved from https://globalmediajournal.de/index.php/gmj/article/view/209