Does BuzzFeed contribute to the violence against women online?

The other day in class, I mentioned a BuzzFeed article that some women found to be an example of violence against women online. The article was based around a joke that Amy Schumer made about Khloe Kardashian on SNL about losing too much weight. The comment had mixed reviews amongst women. Some women found Amy Schumer’s joke to be quite funny, while other women found the comment to be quite offensive. Khloe Kardashian herself tweeted that she was not fond of the comment. Did you find the BuzzFeed article to be an example of the type of online violence against women that Jacque Wernimont discusses in her article, “A conversation about violence against women or a re-telling of a funny joke?

Here is the article:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/michaelblackmon/she-lost-a-kendall#.urAeWbz72

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One thought on “Does BuzzFeed contribute to the violence against women online?

  1. I think it’s possible for it to be both. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the joke, but I think it would be a stretch to call the joke in isolation violent. However, it exists in a larger context of scrutinizing women’s bodies and behavior, so there it is adding one more note to the same old song. I’d also say that the intense backlash against Amy Schumer could be seen as part of that violence. Male comedians don’t seem to get the same kind of scrutiny that women do, and some of those comments are pretty awful (as usual).

    It’s all sort of a mess.

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