Patrolling sexuality and gender in digital social spaces

Vivienne, S, Byron, P, Abidin, C and Robards, B 2016, 'Patrolling sexuality and gender in digital social spaces', in Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR 2016), Berlin, Germany, 5-8 October 2016, pp. 1-15.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Patrolling sexuality and gender in digital social spaces
Author(s) Vivienne, S
Byron, P
Abidin, C
Robards, B
Year 2016
Conference name AoIR 2016: "Internet Rules!"
Conference location Berlin, Germany
Conference dates 5-8 October 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR 2016)
Publisher Association of Internet Researchers
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Abstract All social spaces are governed by rules, both spoken and unspoken. Gender and sexuality are especially subjected to policing and governance, both formally and informally. This panel presents four examples in which sexuality and gender are 'patrolled' in digital social spaces, through both explicit rules and implicit ideals: hook-up/dating app codes of conduct, informal digitally mediated sex education in Singapore, the circulation of pornography and 'sexual storytelling' on subreddit r/TotallyStraight, and boundary patrolling of memory and materiality in a trans and gender diverse (TGD) community in Adelaide. While we recognise a clear distinction between gender and sexuality we adopt a cross-platform and interdisciplinary perspective from which it is evident that negotiations over the boundaries are often fraught, causing blurriness between otherwise neat categories.
Subjects Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Keyword(s) Gender
Identity
Queer
Rules
Sexuality
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