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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
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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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heteronormativity, QUEER, Digital sexualities, IDENTITY, MASCULINITY, HETERONORMATIVITY, resistance, sexual citizenship, youth

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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.
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De Ridder, Sander, & Van Bauwel, S. (2013). Commenting on pictures: teens negotiating gender and sexualities on social networking sites. SEXUALITIES, 16(5), 565–586.
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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.
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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.
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De Ridder S, Van Bauwel S. Commenting on pictures: teens negotiating gender and sexualities on social networking sites. SEXUALITIES. 2013;16(5):565–86.
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S. De Ridder and S. Van Bauwel, “Commenting on pictures: teens negotiating gender and sexualities on social networking sites,” SEXUALITIES, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 565–586, 2013.
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  author       = {De Ridder, Sander and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  issn         = {1363-4607},
  journal      = {SEXUALITIES},
  keywords     = {heteronormativity,QUEER,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},
}

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