Lightning talk: Russian Radical Feminist Discourse on Twitter
My main project goal is to investigate Russian radical feminist discourse on Twitter. I am particularly interested in the way they use and change Russian language and what concepts surround radical feminist community on Twitter.
My key findings are that Russian radical feminists, obviously, primarily discuss women, men and (quite surprisingly for modern Russia) transgender people. They are perceived as a community and not as single activists of some movement. It is s also quite surprising for me that, despite apparent hostility to radical feminists, they are mostly described in neutral terms. I also discuss some examples of how they use language, and it turns out that their language experiments are very similar to what their predecessors did in the 60’s and 70’s.
I think that this project would seem useful for researchers interested in social network analysis and women’s studies.
I use quantitative methods for the most part. I have generated frequency lists and then filtered them with complex criteria to find out what concepts are related to radical feminists on Twitter. I have also conducted sentiment analysis of both radical feminists’ and their counterparts and their opponents’ tweets to determine if the attitude towards radical feminist community is mostly positive, negative or neutral. Finally, I have extracted some examples of how radical feminists change Russian language.