29 January 2019

Privates in the online public: Sex (ting) and reputation on social media

This research examined the impact of norms of publicity and privacy on young people as they negotiated technologically mediated intimate and peer relations. The author argues the findings show that digital images of bodies circulate online in manner that reinforces gender inequalities, with the exposed female body conflated with pornography. In contrast the exposed masculine body could serve a range of purposes, including its deployment in sexual harassment. Young people tended to ignore male perpetration and hold girls and women responsible for managing the risks of online abuse.