The hijacked hashtag: The constitutive features of abortion stigma in the #ShoutYourAbortion Twitter campaign

Kami Kosenko, Emily Winderman, Abigail Pugh

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Abstract

Although originally intended to destigmatize abortion, the #ShoutYourAbortion Twitter campaign was hijacked by anti-abortionists who linked the hashtag to hundreds of stigmatizing, anti-abortion messages. Using a Twitter Search API, we collected these messages (N = 1,990 tweets) to identify the discursive features of abortion stigma, which we defined as messages that other and label something related to abortion as physically, behaviorally, socially, and/or morally deficient. These messages bore six features: religious references, disgust cues, infamous allusions, imputations, mentions of medical maleficence, and stigma affirmations. The discussion section details the implications of these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Volume13
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Stigma
  • Women's health

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