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Podcasting as a feminist space for the disclosure of trauma and intimate embodied experience: The Heart as a case study of quiet activism

Karathanasopoulou, Evangelia and Williams, Helen (2023) Podcasting as a feminist space for the disclosure of trauma and intimate embodied experience: The Heart as a case study of quiet activism. Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media, 21. pp. 29-44. ISSN 2040-1388

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The #metoo movement established the disclosure of sexual violence via social media as
mainstream and offered participants space to share experiences, receive support and a sense of community. As a response, we explore the use of podcasting as a conduit to describe embodied experiences and how non-visual media can provide a safe environment to reveal deeply personal experiences.

We use the podcast The Heart (miniseries ‘No’) as a case study to highlight patriarchal power and sexual violence myths. The result is profoundly discomforting but also emancipatory – talking about sexual violence can constitute a revolutionary act given the stigma and victim blaming prevalent in Western society. The Heart makes private, intimate experiences public and centres female perspectives, highlighting disparate, gendered perceptions. As #metoo underscored the universality of women’s experiences of male harassment, we argue that The Heart is an example of ‘quiet activism’ and public scholarship that challenges patriarchal assumptions.

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Additional Information: This is a pre-peer review preprint © Evi Karathanasopoulou, Helen Williams, 2023]. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Radio Journal:International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media , vol. 21, issue: Podcasting and Gender, p.29-44, 2023,
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Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2023 15:59
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Author: Helen Williams ORCID iD
Author: Evangelia Karathanasopoulou

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