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Reconceptualizing Rhetorical Activism in Contemporary Feminist Contexts
Howard Journal of Communications (2006)
  • Stacey K Sowards, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Valerie R Renegar, San Diego State University

Feminist activism has long incorporated the rhetorical strategies of public protest and confrontation. However, feminist thought has also produced forms of activism that both include and move beyond these traditional rhetorical options. This essay explores the rhetorical exigencies of contemporary feminist activism, and then examines examples of rhetorical activism that play an integral part in contemporary feminism, such as creating grassroot models of leadership, using strategic humor, building feminist identity, sharing stories, and challenging stereotypes. This activism contributes not only to our understanding of the rhetoric of contemporary feminism, but also extends the rhetorical theories of social movements and counterpublics to include alternative kinds of activist options.

Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Citation Information
Stacey K Sowards and Valerie R Renegar. "Reconceptualizing Rhetorical Activism in Contemporary Feminist Contexts" Howard Journal of Communications (2006)
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