Nasty Woman: A Study on Gender Constructions on r/The_Donald

Eva Cassandra Hoff Winther-Schmidt, Aragorn Xavier Nikolei Damgaard, Kevin Hayder Shakir & Semin Alekic

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This paper revolves around how discourses on gender roles, sex and sexuality are constructed. It has been done by applying Judith Butler’s theories on gender performativity and the heterosexual matrix, along with Raewyn Connell’s work on masculinities on a thread on the online discussion forum r/The_Donald, a place where supporters of Donald Trump interact on, about the Women’s March in Washington the 21 of January 2017. The data collected from the comments has been deconstructed using Norman Fairclough’s approach to discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis. It is concluded that the users of the forum produce and reproduce patriarchal discourse when constructing gender, sex and sexuality, sustaining unequal power relations, where women and non-men that do not live up to the patriarchal expectations are hostile written of. The users construct masculinity ideals as connected to superiority and feminine ideals connected to subordination, and produce discourse in accordance with gender, sexuality and biology as a tool to illegitimate women’s political acts and expressions. This can be understood as an attempt to both degender and dehumanize those who do not live up to the hegemonic expectations.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdatodec. 2017
Antal sider48
VejledereAnne Brædder


  • feminisme
  • judith butler
  • norman fairclough
  • diskurs
  • kritisk diskursanalyse
  • raewyn connell
  • maskulinitet
  • femininitet
  • seksualitet
  • køn
  • reddit
  • donald trump