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Being Sad Online: Creating a Digital Support Community Informed by Feminist Affect Theory

Abstract The secret Facebook group ////sads only/// was formed in October 2015 to provide a safe space for women and trans and nonbinary people to express their emotions, a sort of digital support group. Members can post individually about things happening in their lives, comment on other members’ posts with advice or support, and contribute to discussion threads. Common subject matters include mental health, relationships, sexuality, gender identity, friendships, careers, family, art, education, and body image. The group’s location on Facebook adds to its utility – it can be an alternative site of community-making and communication, away from the often toxic, triggering, or just plain negative posts that clog up social media news feeds and the unso... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Koerth, Kimberly (Author) / Ward, Mako (Advisor) / Anderson, Lisa (Advisor) / McGibbney Vlahoulis, Michelle (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Women's studies / Gender studies / LGBTQ studies / activism / affect theory / Audrey Wollen / Facebook / mental health / sad girl theory
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 93 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Women and Gender Studies 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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