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Feminism, gender identity and polarization in TikTok and Twitter

The potential of social media to create open, collaborative and participatory spaces allows young women to engage and empower themselves in political and social activism. In this context, the objective of this research is to analyze the polarization in the debate at the intersection between the defense of feminism and transsexuality, preferably among the young public, symbolized in the use of the term “TERF”. To do this, the existing communities on Twitter and TikTok on this subject have been analyzed with Social Network Analysis techniques, and the presence of young people in them. The results indicate that the debates between both networks are not very cohesive, with a highly modularized structure that suggests isolation of each community in itself. For this reason, it can be considered that the debate on sexual identity has resulted in a strong polarization of feminist activism in social media. Likewise, the positions of transinclusive feminism are very majority among young people, which reinforces the idea of an ideological debate that can also be understood in a generational perspective. Finally, a differential use between both social networks has been identified, where TikTok is a less partisan and more dialogical network than Twitter, which leads to discussions and participation in a more neutral tone.

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Universidades y redes sociales. De la divulgación científica a la autopromoción

Entre las herramientas de comunicación interna y externa que emplean las universidades, las redes sociales les permiten acceder de forma directa y sin intermediación a sus usuarios y públicos potenciales. Esta investigación analiza el uso que hacen de Facebook y Twitter tres centros de educación superior de referencia, con el objeto de analizar las temáticas y los usos principales de las distintas plataformas, así como estudiar el nivel de enganche de los contenidos. En total, se han analizado 1.217 mensajes publicados durante un periodo de dos meses. Los resultados indican que la divulgación científica de los resultados de las investigaciones que se realizan en estos centros son el principal contenido de estos mensajes, aunque existen usos diferenciados de cada una de las plataformas.

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Does science dissemination have a gender? Analysis of the articles published in The Conversation on Covid-19

This article analyzes the articles published on Covid-19 in the Spanish version of The Conversation from a gender perspective through a quantitative and qualitative analysis of 306 texts published over a year. The results indicate a greater presence of men in the first moments of the health emergency, while female scientists have only had a greater presence in social issues. Likewise, the texts signed by women have obtained less interaction from the audiences and a higher proportion of negative responses.

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Gender Stereotypes Make Women Invisible. The Presence of Female Scientists in the Media

Interest in the situation of women scientists has increased in recent years. Scientific institutions and governmental authorities have launched initiatives to promote science as a vocation among women. Within this context, the effort made by the media in disseminating role models is of vital importance. The aim of this research is to analyse the presence of women scientists in the media, and to conduct an appraisal of the status granted to them and the image conveyed about them. To this end, we analysed the content published on the websites of the regional newspapers Berria, Gara, El Correo and Diario de Navarra between 2014 and 2019 citing women scientists and researchers (N = 2362). The results indicate that presence is greater in quantitative terms, as is the prominence given to them in headlines. However, the disciplines in which they practise and the stereotypes which are conveyed shape their image, which in the case of STEM areas emphasise their role as carers and their singularity in the scientific field.

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Media and violence against women in the Basque Country. A self-regulation case study

In recent decades, given the crucial role played by the news media in fighting to eradicate violence against women, several organisations and legislative initiatives have begun self-regulating. This study analyses news coverage of gender-based murders in the Basque media over the course of three years, beginning with approval of rules for self-regulation. The results show that the media actively contribute to raising visibility of violence against women as a social problem, although reduced compliance with some of the recommendations indicates difficulty in practically applying them and disparate criteria from one journalist to another.

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