The Educational Potential of Cyberfeminisms: An Intersectional Analysis of @coletivoandorinha, @feministasemmovimento and profiles




Cyberfeminism, education, feminist pedagogies, intersectionality, Instagram, netnography


Focusing on the dialogue between cyberfeminisms and education, through an intersectional perspective, this study combines the work of feminist authors such as Haraway (1991), DeLaurentis (2004), hooks (2013), Crenshaw (1991), and Butler (2011) with others recent works to address the following question: How do cyberfeminist Instagram profiles contribute to intersectional education for gender equality? To answer that, we analysed the profiles @coletivoandorinha, @feministasemmovimento and between 2021 and 2023, using a qualitative method (Minayo, 2015), with semi-structured interviews to: 1. understand the strategies of the cyberfeminist profiles; 2. identify gender and race differences in the construction of cyberfeminist discourses; 3. identify the main challenges in translating cyberfeminist content into school vocabulary. Results show may enable understanding of how intersectionality is verifiable in cyberfeminist discourses, and how contents may prove adequate for educational purposes.

Author Biographies

Clarissa Godoy, ISCSP/University of Lisbon

Clarissa Godoy is a PhD student in Gender Studies at ISCSP - University of Lisbon, collaborator at CIEG - Interdisciplinary Centre of Gender Studies and researcher funded by FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology/Portugal. She has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in History. Created Fronteiras do Saber (Instagram), a teaching project that promotes gender equality through a feminist perspective. She was also a teacher in the project that developed online courses based on feminism and gender diversity for a critical and quality education. Between 2019 and 2021 participated in an Exchange Language Program in Dublin, Ireland where began to interact with international feminisms and diversify her academic research perspective. She used to be a history teacher and worked in several private schools in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (2014-2019).

Maria João Cunha, CIEG/ISCSP-University of Lisbon, Portugal

Maria João Cunha has a PhD in Communication Sciences, specialized in Sociology of Communication. She is an Associate Professor at Institute of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is a co-founding member and integrated researcher of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Gender Studies (CIEG/ISCSP-ULisboa), also currently acting as subdirector. She is a member of EUPRERA, in Women in PR network. She develops research in gender studies, and collaborates in diverse research projects, with particular interest in feminist online movements, women’s role in communication industries, media representations of women and vulnerable groups, gender violence and body image.