Women, healing, and community: Cyberfeminist activity on Reddit

Meg McGuire


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About Meg McGuire

Meg McGuire is an associate professor in the English Department at the University of Delaware. She is grateful to all the assistance from readers, designers, and copyeditors for this webtext. You can reach her at mmcguire@udel.edu or on Twitter at @meghmcg


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Special thanks to Nico Carver, formerly of the UD Library's Student Multimedia Design Center for helping me build the design of this webtext.

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