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Misogynistic Hate Speech and its Chilling Effect on Women's Free Expression during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign

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Caitlin R. Carlson

Seattle University, US
About Caitlin
Dr. Caitlin Ring Carlson is an Assistant Professsor in the Department of Communication at Seattle University. Her research focuses on media law, policy, and ethics from a Feminist perspective. Her work has appeared in journals such as Communication Law & Policy and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.
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Abstract

This essay argues that the proliferation of misogynistic hate speech
during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign had a dangerous chilling effect
on women’s free expression. The gendered slurs aimed at women candidates
and journalists, both online and in-person, created a hostile political environment, which made it more difficult for women to fully participate in
the process of Democratic self-governance. To address this issue, I recommend allocating state and federal tax dollars to counter speech efforts, and call for social media organizations, such as Facebook and Twitter, to
reevaluate their hate speech and harassment policies.


Keywords: Hate speech, 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, misogyny

How to Cite: Carlson, C.R., 2019. Misogynistic Hate Speech and its Chilling Effect on Women's Free Expression during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign. Journal of Hate Studies, 14(1), p.97. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33972/jhs.126
Published on 27 Feb 2019.

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