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Sexual Harassment Online: Shaming and Silencing Women in the Digital Age

Tania G. Levey
Sexual Harassment Online: Shaming and Silencing Women in the Digital Age
ISBN: 978-1-62637-695-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-703-5
2018/216 pages/LC: 2017036614
"An absolutely invaluable contribution ... highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review

A thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the language of online hate and the persistence of misogyny in contemporary Western culture." —Alecea Standlee, Gettysburg College


Women who use social media are often subjected to blatant sexual harassment, facing everything from name calling to threats of violence. Aside from being disturbing, what does this abuse tell us about gender and sexual norms? And can we use the Internet to resist, even transform, destructive misogynistic norms?

Exploring the language of shaming and silencing women in the cybersphere, Tania Levey addresses these questions and also considers how online attempts to regulate women’s behavior intersect with issues of race, ethnicity, and class.


Tania G. Levey is associate professor of sociology at York College, City University of New York.


  • Gender and Sexual Norms in the Digital Age.
  • Slut: Shaming Sexual Activity.
  • Whore: Judging "Bad" Girls.
  • Dyke: Enforcing Heterofeminine Standards.
  • Bitch: Controlling Gender Performances.
  • Cunt: Silencing Women in Public.
  • Transformation and Dissent on Social Media.
  • Appendixes.