Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/215103
Title: SINGAPOREAN MEN'S PERCEPTION AND UNDERSTANDING OF FEMINISM
Authors: MELANIS TAI JING EN
Issue Date: 11-Mar-2021
Citation: MELANIS TAI JING EN (2021-03-11). SINGAPOREAN MEN'S PERCEPTION AND UNDERSTANDING OF FEMINISM. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study aims to examine three research questions: Firstly, what are Singaporean men’s perceptions of feminism? Secondly, what are their understandings of feminism? Importantly, how do Singaporean men’s perception and understanding of feminism impact women? I hypothesised the younger generation of Singaporean men will bear more accurate and better understanding of feminism as compared to older generations, but Singaporean women continue to suffer from long-standing gender bias and underlying misogyny. Working with the various theories of feminism—such as digital feminism, fourth-wave feminism and postfeminism—based on data from online platforms and interviews with Singaporeans, this thesis contributes to the field of feminist media studies with a local context. Online data was collected from eight Reddit threads on r/Singapore for a critical discourse analysis. I also conducted a total of eight interviews where participants were guaranteed anonymity unless they choose to be known; four interviews were with young Singaporean men and four interviews were with Singaporean women. Based on analysis of my data, I found that young Singaporean men generally have an aversion to feminism and feminists. Most Singaporean men also disregard problems of Singaporean women and assume a postfeminist stance where they believe feminism is no longer needed in Singapore. However, my findings uncovered the existence of a myriad of problems faced by young Singaporean women, with women believing feminism is still important in Singapore. In an attempt to find solutions to the problems women face, such as gender stereotypes and online misogyny, the root of the problem was revealed to be toxic hegemonic masculinity hovering around Singaporean men—which needs to be eradicated to build a safer society with true gender equality for women.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/215103
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