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Selfies, relfies and phallic tagging: posthuman part-icipations in teen digital sexuality assemblages

Renold, Emma and Ringrose, Jessica 2017. Selfies, relfies and phallic tagging: posthuman part-icipations in teen digital sexuality assemblages. Educational, Philosophy and Theory 49 , pp. 1066-1079. 10.1080/00131857.2016.1185686

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Abstract

Inspired by posthuman feminist theory, this paper explores young people’s entanglement with the bio-technological landscape of image creation and exchange in young networked peer cultures. We suggest that we are seeing new formations of sexual objectification when the more-than-human is foregrounded and the blurry ontological divide between human (flesh) and machine (digital) are enlivened through queer and feminist Materialist analyses. Drawing upon multimodal qualitative data generated with teen boys and girls living in urban inner London and semi-rural Wales (UK) we map how the digital affordances of Facebook ‘tagging’ can operate as a form of coercive ‘phallic touch’ in ways that shore up and transgress normative territories of dis/embodied gender, sexuality and age. We conclude by arguing that we need creative approaches that can open up spaces for a posthuman accounting of the material intra-actions through which phallic power relations part-icipate in predictable and unpredictable ways.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexuality, posthuman, digital, feminism, queer, gender
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0013-1857
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 4 April 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2018 22:21
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89297

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