Journal article

"It ain't a compliment": feminist data visualisation and digital street harassment advocacy

Bianca Fileborn, Verity Trott

Convergence: the international journal of research into new media technologies | SAGE | Published : 2021


In an era of datafication, data visualisation is playing an increasing role in civic meaning-making processes. However, the conventions of data visualisation have been criticised for their reductiveness and rhetoric of neutrality and there have been recent efforts to develop feminist principles (D’Ignazio & Klein 2020) for designing data visualisations that are compatibile with traditional feminist epistemologies. In this article, we aim to examine how data visualisations are used in feminist activism and by feminist activists. Drawing on the example of digital street harassment activism, we analyse how street harassment is visualised in and through a selection of prominent activist social m..

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