‘24yo femanon at it again’: Claiming feminine space via 4chan narrative memes.

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Abstract

4chan is presented by the popular press as an aggressively masculine space, inhabited almost solely by males. In reality, around 30% of 4chan users are girls and women, according to the site’s own demographic statistics. As part of a larger project exploring feminine space-claiming and subcultural capital building on 4chan, this paper examines the usage and spread of the ‘24yo femanon’ meme, a series of greentext stories in which the narrator is a single 24 year old woman who endures a series of social and romantic blunders. We will explore how the first person voice intersects with other conventions of 4chan to build empathy despite and because of gender boundaries, in conjunction with other strategies of subcultural capital claiming popular to the site and related webspaces. We will pay particular attention to how the use of a ‘femanon’ character interacts with misogynistic and aggressive discursive norms. This contributes to a clearer picture both of 4chan and its user base, resituating women and girls from a passive object of online and offline violence to active participants in the construction of gendered meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Story Work for a Just Future Exploring Diverse Experiences and Methods within an International Community of Practice
Publication statusSubmitted - 2020
Event Story Work for a Just Future Exploring Diverse Experiences and Methods within an International Community of Practice - Loughborough University
Duration: 30 Apr 20201 May 2020

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Conference Story Work for a Just Future Exploring Diverse Experiences and Methods within an International Community of Practice
Period30/04/201/05/20

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Fathallah, J. (2020). ‘24yo femanon at it again’: Claiming feminine space via 4chan narrative memes.. Manuscript submitted for publication In Story Work for a Just Future Exploring Diverse Experiences and Methods within an International Community of Practice
Fathallah, Judith. / ‘24yo femanon at it again’ : Claiming feminine space via 4chan narrative memes. Story Work for a Just Future Exploring Diverse Experiences and Methods within an International Community of Practice . 2020.
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‘24yo femanon at it again’ : Claiming feminine space via 4chan narrative memes. / Fathallah, Judith.

Story Work for a Just Future Exploring Diverse Experiences and Methods within an International Community of Practice . 2020.

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