Negotiations of sluttyness: Movements and potential meanings and matters of young people’s digital sexual imagery

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In this paper, I am concerned with young people’s engagement in production, sharing and
resharing of digital sexual imagery, and how the potential meanings, matters and the positions of the
embodied are translated as the digital imagery moves in, out and through time and space. I draw on
Agamben’s concept of potentiality (1999) and Barad’s concept of space-time-mattering (2007) in order to
analyze how digital imagery breathes sexual potentials in different ways and through different subjective,
social and technological enactments depending on the contexts, sites and persons it passes through, online
as well as offline. I discuss how this enables negotiations and translations of the appertaining gendered
(stigmatized) positions, often effecting rather fixed positions attached with blame and sluttyness from
which it is really difficult – if not impossible – to escape. The analysis poses perspectives on young people’s
becoming through sexualized digital practices in and across time and space that lead us beyond the
frequent discussion of victim blaming in the field of young people’s production, sharing and re-sharing of
digital sexual imagery. Additionally, the analysis suggests that, in order to understand the complexity of
these practices and their effects, we need to look beyond human agency and include multiple
heterogeneous human and non-human forces, when approaching the field.
Udgivelsesår16 aug. 2019
StatusUdgivet - 16 aug. 2019
BegivenhedNYRIS - Nordic Youth Research Symposiums: Narrowing paths – transgressive routes. - Center for Rusmiddelforskning, Psykologisk Institut, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 14 aug. 201916 aug. 2019


KonferenceNYRIS - Nordic Youth Research Symposiums: Narrowing paths – transgressive routes.
LokationCenter for Rusmiddelforskning, Psykologisk Institut


  • Sexting, Nøgenbilleder, Sociale medier, Digitale medier, Billeddeling, Køn, Ungdomskultur

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