Producing sexual cultures and pseudonymous publics with digital networks

Light, BA 2016, 'Producing sexual cultures and pseudonymous publics with digital networks' , in: Race and gender in electronic media : challenges and opportunities , Routledge, London, UK, pp. 231-246.

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Abstract

Since the release of the Grindr app in 2009, interest in digitally mediated public sexual cultures concerning men who have sex with men has increased. Yet, digital mediation of such public sexual cultures through apps had begun more than a decade before Grindr was released. For example, Squirt, a desktop and mobile hook up site for men who have sex with men, was launched in 1998 and has always functioned to facilitate public hook ups. Using Squirt as a case study, I will build on the work of Mowlabocus (2008) in relation to our understandings of digitally mediated public sex, employing a version of networked publics (boyd, 2008a; boyd, 2008b) and thinking regarding the real name web (Hogan, 2013). Through an actor-network theory (ANT) informed analysis of Squirt, I will demonstrate how, in a U.K. context, networked digital media inform and allow for the co-existence of a spectrum of gender and sexual politics, sexual preferences and sexual practices. Such an analysis encourages further explorations of the theoretical potentials of networked publics, and in doing so, I present the concept of pseudonymous publics.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Lind, R
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138640108
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: BA Light
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 10:31
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 03:16
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40537

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