Shifts in societal development resulting from economic and technological advancements have had an impact upon the development of human sexuality and behaviour, and with the expansion of developments such as the Internet and associated technologies, it is likely that further societal shifts will ensue. This book recognises the importance of new digital spaces for discourses surrounding sexuality, examining issues such as pornography; sex education and health; LGBTQ sexualities; polysexuality or polyamory; abstention; sexual abuse and violence; erotic online literature; sex therapy; teledildonics; sex and gaming; online dating; celebrity porn; young people and sexual media; and sexting and sextainment, all of which are prominently affected by the use of digital media.
With case studies drawn from the US, the UK and Europe, Sex in the Digital Age engages in discussion about the changing acceptance of sex in the 21st century and part played in that by digital media, and considers the future of sex and sexuality in an increasingly digital age. It will therefore appear to scholars across the social sciences with interests in gender and sexuality, new technologies and media and cultural studies.
"This book consists of 18 academic studies prepared by scholars ranging from undergraduate and graduate students, lecturers, researchers, and professors from U.S., European and Australian institutions… Each individual study runs a tightly-packed 10 pages or so… and share a common academic rigor, grounded in detailed analyses and innumerable references to prior studies. Most informative, many of the articles include materials from the author’s primary research."
David Rosen, New York Journal of Books
List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction (Paul G Nixon and Isabel Düsterhöft)
1. The Affective and Affectless Bodies of Monster Toon Porn (Susanna Paasonen)
2. Participatory Porn Culture: Feminist Positions and Oppositions in the Internet Pornosphere (Allegra W. Smith)
3. Young People and Sexual Media (Cosimo Marco Scarcelli)
4. Sex Education in the Digital Age (Deb Levine)
5. Love at our Fingertips: Exploring the Design Implications of Mobile Dating Technologies (Jessica L. James)
6. Sexting (Michelle Drouin)
7. "Nude Selfies til I die" – Making of "Sexy" in Selfies (Katrin Tiidenberg)
8. Nothing to Hide: Selfies, Sex and the Visibility Dilemma in Trans Male Online Cultures (Tobias Raun and Cáel M. Keegan)
9. Supporting One Another: Nonbinary Community Building on Tumblr (Abigail Oakley)
10. "Cake is Better Than Sex" – AVEN and Asexuality (Agata Pacho)
11. Gay Men and the Internet: Unlimited Possibility. Lived Reality (David Gudelunas)
12. Two-faced Racism in a Gay Online Sex: Preference in the Frontstage or Racism in the Backstage? (Jesus Gregorio Smith)
13. Representing Bisexuality in the Digital Age (Nora Madison)
14. Exploring Polyamory Online: Ethics, Relationships and Understanding (Abbi Bloedel and Jimmie Manning)
15. Becoming BDSM in an Online Environment (Alan McKee and Rebecca S. Randall)
16. Negotiations of Identity, Pleasure and Health in Women’s Online Sex Work Advertisements (Alexandra S. Marcotte and Justin R. Garcia)
17. Gaming and Sex (Ashley ML Brown and Rob Gallagher)
18. Hell Yes!!!!!: Playing Away, Teledildonics and the future of Sex (Paul G Nixon)
Sexualities in Society offers a dedicated and much-needed space for the very best in interdisciplinary research on sex, sexualities, and twenty-first century society. Its contemporary focus, methodological inclusivity, and international scope will provide a distinctive vantage point in terms of surveying the social organization of sexuality. It critically addresses numerous aspects of sex and sexuality, from media representations, to embodied sexual practices, to the sometimes controversial issues surrounding consent, sexual fantasy, and identity politics. It represents a critically rigorous, theoretically informed, and genuinely interdisciplinary attempt to interrogate a complex nexus of ideas regarding the ways in which sexualities inform, and are informed by, the broader sociopolitical contexts in which they emerge.