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Boobs, back-off, six packs and bits: Mediated body parts, gendered rewards, and sexual shame in teen's sexting images.

Ringrose, J and Harvey, L (2015) Boobs, back-off, six packs and bits: Mediated body parts, gendered rewards, and sexual shame in teen's sexting images. Continuum, 29 (2). pp. 205-217.

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Abstract

In this paper, we explore a contemporary panic around teen sexting considering why it focuses mostly on girls' bodies and ‘breasts’. Drawing on empirical findings from research with 13- and 15-year olds in two London schools, we ask: How are girls' and boys' mediated bodies and body parts constructed, negotiated and made sense of in the teen peer group? How are images of girls' breasts surveilled and owned by others? In what ways can images of girls' bodies be used to sexually shame them? How do images of ‘boobs’ work differently than those of ‘six-packs’ and ‘pecs’? When and how is digital proof of sexual activity shamed or rewarded? Our analysis explores the affective dimensions of digital affordances and how relative gendered value is generated through social media images and practices. We demonstrate how our qualitative research approach facilitates exploration of the online and offline relational, material embodied performance of negotiating gender and sexuality in teen's digitally mediated peer cultures.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Ringrose, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Harvey, Ll.j.harvey@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 19 May 2015
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2015.1022952
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:35
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820625

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