Facilitated by developments in technologies, the non-consensual posting of sexually explicit images of someone else for revenge, entertainment or political motive – so-called revenge porn – has become a global phenomenon. This groundbreaking book argues that fundamental and recurring issues about how victims are violated can be understood in terms of gender and sexual dynamics and constructions, binary gender and sexual positioning and logics, and the use of sexual meanings.
Using a discourse analytical approach the authors examine revenge pornography through the words of the perpetrators themselves and study the complex ways in which they invoke, and deploy, gender- and sexuality-based discourses to blame the victim. They explore strategies to curb the phenomenon of revenge porn, and by placing their research in a broader social and political context, the authors are able to examine the effectiveness of current legislative frameworks, education and awareness raising, victim support and perpetrator re-education programmes, along with wider political considerations.
This enhanced understanding of the perpetrator mindset provides important insights into the use of social media to facilitate gender violence, and holds the promise of more effective interventions in future. This is a unique resource for students, academics, researchers, and professionals interested in revenge pornography and related issues.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Mapping the Terrain 2. Responses 3. Situating Revenge Porn 4. Online Interactions 5. A Discursive Approach to Revenge Porn 6. 'She took my kids, ruined my life': Heterosexual Men's Accounts 7. 'Just want to use you for sex': Heterosexaul Women's Accounts 8. '...cheater! liar! thief!': Gay and Lesbian Accounts 9. Discussion 10. Future Interventions Index
Matthew Hall is Research Associate at Ulster University and an Associate Academic at the University of Derby. He is also an editor for the Journal of Gender Studies. His research has focused on gender, sexuality, body image, beauty cultures, online violences, substance (mis)use and veterans' health and well-being.
Jeff Hearn is Professor of Sociology, University of Huddersfield, UK; Senior Professor, Gender Studies, Örebro University, Sweden; and Professor Emeritus, Hanken School of Economics, Finland. His research focuses on gender, sexuality, violence, organisations and transnationalisations.