Menstrual trolls under a political bridge : a feminist criticism of Periods for Pence

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dc.contributor.advisor McCauliff, Kristen L., 1979- Conner, Berkley 2017-05-09T12:58:55Z 2017-05-09T12:58:55Z 2017-05-06
dc.description.abstract This study uses feminist rhetorical criticism as a lens through which to analyze Periods for Pence, a social movement in which Indiana women made calls detailing their menstrual cycles to the office of former Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Periods for Pence began in March of 2016 in response to Pence’s signing of HEA 1337, severe anti-abortion legislation, into law. The rhetorical analysis reveals that the women of Periods for Pence use consciousness-raising, a second-wave feminist protest strategy, in a third-wave feminist context that highlights women’s reproductive health and physiology. Specific elements of consciousness-raising including narrative, use of humor, and symbolic reversal are detailed. Ultimately, this study suggests that rhetorical critics should view feminism and feminist theoretical approaches to research not as occurring in waves, but as occurring with fluidity and persisting over time. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Communication Studies
dc.subject.lcsh Abortion -- Law and legislation -- Indiana.
dc.subject.lcsh Menstruation -- Political aspects -- Indiana.
dc.subject.lcsh Protest movements -- Indiana.
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist theory.
dc.subject.other Indiana. Public law 213.
dc.title Menstrual trolls under a political bridge : a feminist criticism of Periods for Pence en_US Thesis (M.A.) en_US

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