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Exploring the endurance of phallogocentric power relations in young people's digital sexual cultures

Marston, Kate 2022. Exploring the endurance of phallogocentric power relations in young people's digital sexual cultures. Hoskins, Kate, Genova, Carlo and Crowe, Nic, eds. Digital Youth Subcultures: Performing 'Transgressive' Identities in Digital Social Spaces, Routledge,

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Dominant online safeguarding discourses produce girls and young women as especially at-risk from an unremarkable and predatory culture of toxic masculinity in digital social spaces. Drawing on data from a creative, visual and arts-based doctoral study into young people's digital sexual cultures, this chapter explores how young people's digital relationships continue to channel the phallogocentric bifurcation of active male sexuality and passive female sexuality as well as examines some of the ways this formation is disrupted. It argues that the language of phallogocentricism is relevant to the study of young people's digital sexual cultures as these continue to be oriented around the phallic referent and phallocentric force relations ). Rather than relying on a rigid binary gender hierarchy between boys and girls, this paper demonstrates how multiple shifting force relations including eggplant emojis, dick pics, images of idealised gendered bodies and school policies of gender segregating uniforms and physical education (PE) work to hold this hierarchical ordering of sexual relations in place. It also considers how material arts-based practices might open up a “contact zone” between differently gendered young people where these norms can be made visible as well as questioned and critiqued.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780367672157
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 12:00

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