Misogynist harassment in cyberspace. A case study from asocial work perspective

  1. Alberto J. Rodríguez Darias 1
  2. Laura Aguilera Ávila 2
  1. 1 Universidad Europea de Canarias

    Universidad Europea de Canarias

    Orotava, España

    ROR https://ror.org/051xcrt66

  2. 2 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España

    ROR https://ror.org/01r9z8p25

Proceedings of the International Congress on Interdisciplinarity in Social and Human Sciences.5th - 6th May 2016
  1. Saul Neves de Jesus (ed. lit.)
  2. Patrícia Pinto (ed. lit.)

Publisher: University of Algarve

ISBN: 978-989-8472-82-3

Year of publication: 2016

Pages: 677-686

Type: Book chapter


The internet has brought about a radical change in the way people communicate and relate to each other.Widespread use of this new system of communication has resulted in a shift in conventional attitudes in humanrelations. Some of its features are anonymity, virality or disinhibition, which in turn determine norms of interaction.This paper offers a preliminary study on online harassment, which we consider a type of gender-based violence inits wider definition. We define online harassment as the display of a series of online behaviours aimed at disturbing,upsetting and distressing women who engage in the internet in any way. Spanish website Píkara Magazine is used as acase study, in which we review the most common behaviours specific to this type of harassment and we undertake adiscourse analysis of the comments posted on this online magazine during 2015. Furthermore, we consider differentways of tackling this phenomenon from the social work discipline.