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Commenting on pictures: teens negotiating gender and sexualities on social networking sites

Sander De Ridder UGent and Sofie Van Bauwel UGent (2013) SEXUALITIES. 16(5). p.565-586
abstract
This inquiry shows how youths negotiate sexualities and gender when commenting on profile pictures on a social networking site. Attention is given to (1) how discourses are constituted within heteronormativity, and (2) how the mediated nature of the SNS contributes to resistance. Using insights from cultural media studies, social theory and queer criticism, representations in SNSs are viewed as sites of struggle. A textual analysis is used to show how commenting on a picture is a gendered practice, continuously cohering between the biological sex, performative gender and demanded desire. Although significant resignifications are found, they are often accompanied by a recuperation of heteronormativity. Therefore, this inquiry argues for continued attention to current contradictions in (self-) representations.
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publication status
published
subject
keyword
QUEER, heteronormativity, Digital sexualities, IDENTITY, MASCULINITY, HETERONORMATIVITY, resistance, sexual citizenship, youth
journal title
SEXUALITIES
Sexualities
volume
16
issue
5
pages
565 - 586
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000323709900004
JCR category
SOCIOLOGY
JCR impact factor
0.651 (2013)
JCR rank
86/138 (2013)
JCR quartile
3 (2013)
ISSN
1363-4607
DOI
10.1177/1363460713487369
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
3010058
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3010058
date created
2012-10-09 15:03:28
date last changed
2014-01-28 10:50:18
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  abstract     = {This inquiry shows how youths negotiate sexualities and gender when commenting on profile pictures on a social networking site. Attention is given to (1) how discourses are constituted within heteronormativity, and (2) how the mediated nature of the SNS contributes to resistance. Using insights from cultural media studies, social theory and queer criticism, representations in SNSs are viewed as sites of struggle. A textual analysis is used to show how commenting on a picture is a gendered practice, continuously cohering between the biological sex, performative gender and demanded desire. Although significant resignifications are found, they are often accompanied by a recuperation of heteronormativity. Therefore, this inquiry argues for continued attention to current contradictions in (self-) representations.},
  author       = {De Ridder, Sander and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  issn         = {1363-4607},
  journal      = {SEXUALITIES},
  keyword      = {QUEER,heteronormativity,Digital sexualities,IDENTITY,MASCULINITY,HETERONORMATIVITY,resistance,sexual citizenship,youth},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {565--586},
  title        = {Commenting on pictures: teens negotiating gender and sexualities on social networking sites},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363460713487369},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
De Ridder, Sander, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2013. “Commenting on Pictures: Teens Negotiating Gender and Sexualities on Social Networking Sites.” Sexualities 16 (5): 565–586.
APA
De Ridder, S., & Van Bauwel, S. (2013). Commenting on pictures: teens negotiating gender and sexualities on social networking sites. SEXUALITIES, 16(5), 565–586.
Vancouver
1.
De Ridder S, Van Bauwel S. Commenting on pictures: teens negotiating gender and sexualities on social networking sites. SEXUALITIES. 2013;16(5):565–86.
MLA
De Ridder, Sander, and Sofie Van Bauwel. “Commenting on Pictures: Teens Negotiating Gender and Sexualities on Social Networking Sites.” SEXUALITIES 16.5 (2013): 565–586. Print.