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The Gendered Ethos of Pseudoscience: Feminized Discourse on Food Safety in the Blogosphere

Authors: Flemming Schneider Rhode (Central Michigan University) , Tisha Dejmanee (University of Technology Sydney)

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    The Gendered Ethos of Pseudoscience: Feminized Discourse on Food Safety in the Blogosphere

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In this paper, we explore the gendered aspects of scientific controversy in the digital age. This project makes use of Leah Ceccarelli’s seminal work on manufactured scientific controversy by considering its implications for the discourse on GMOs and food additives published on digital food and lifestyle blogs. We perform a discourse analysis of several blogs to look at the ways that gendered online discourse and performance influences modern anti-science rhetoric, particularly that which emanates from the sphere colloquially known as crunchy living. We look at the ways the intimate and personal feminine style of digital platforms offer experiential knowledge as a substitute for science. In the current political climate of alternative facts and fake news, this study leads to broader implications about the impact of gendered discourse on the assessment of credibility in online sources.

Keywords: manufactured science controversy, food blogs, feminine style, food discourse, pseudoscience

How to Cite:

Rhode, F. S. & Dejmanee, T., (2022) “The Gendered Ethos of Pseudoscience: Feminized Discourse on Food Safety in the Blogosphere”, Poroi 16(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/2151-2957.31095

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Published on
31 Jan 2022
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CC BY-NC 4.0