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Lucy McDonald

Lucy McDonald

Department: Philosophy

Supervisor: Professor Rae Langton

College: Trinity Hall

AHRC subject area: Philosophy

Title of thesis: (Provisional) Slut-Shaming and the Language of Shame


Originally from London, I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, after which I completed the BPhil, a two year master's degree in philosophy, also at Oxford. I am interested primarily in philosophy of language, political philosophy, social epistemology and feminist philosophy. My PhD project will explore the nature of hate speech and its relationship with self-conscious emotions like shame, guilt and embarrassment. I'm particularly interested in gendered hate speech and the phenomenon of 'slut-shaming', topics which have hitherto been neglected in work on harmful speech.