The thesis sought to understand how the problem of online abuse has been conceptualised and represented by legislators in the UK and what implications that representation has for gender equality. Utilising Carol Bacchis ‘What’s the problem represented to be? framework it analysed the applicable legislation (Malicious Communications Act 1998 and Communications Act 2003) and the Crown Prosecution Service guidelines on prosecuting messages sent via social media.
It paid particular attention to how the problem representation has changed over the last decade and in doing so argued that priority has been given to a discourse of freedom of expression that intersects with a conceptual silence around gender to discount women's experience of online abuse and foreclose credible resistance to the problem.
How I Became a Coach, Self and Society: Journal of the Association of Humanistic Psychology in Britain, Aug 2004