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The Center for Childhood and Youth Studies at Salem State University presents:

Postfeminist media cultures and the affective, moral and visual economy of teens’ sexually explicit digital content

Jessica Ringrose, PhD
Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Gender and Education
Institute of Education, University of London

How do young people experience the sending and receiving of sexually explicit content through mobile, digital technologies? At this presentation, Dr. Ringrose shares the findings of her study on “sexting” with 35 teens from two inner city London schools. She reports that among boys, collecting explicit images of girls served as a way to secure status among peers. In contrast, most girls experienced “sexting” with these boys as a site of potential risk, blame, and hatred around sexual reputation (e.g., being called a slut). Join Dr. Ringrose for a provocative discussion of how digital technology mediates school life, including gendered and sexualized peer hierarchies, popularity, intimacy, sexualized bullying, and harassment.

ImageJessica Ringrose is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Gender and Education, at the Institute of Education, London. Recent research projects have explored gender and sexual identities among teens in secondary school, including uses of digital technology, ‘sexualisation’, ‘sexting’ and ‘cyberbullying’.  Theoretically and methodologically her work develops feminist poststructural and psychosocial approaches to understanding subjectivity and affect. Recent and forthcoming books include: Post-Feminist Education? Girls and the sexual politics of schooling (Routledge, 2012, research monograph); Rethinking Gendered Regulations and Resistances in Education, (Routledge, 2012, edited); and Deleuze and Research Methodologies (Edinburgh University Press, 2013, co-edited with Rebecca Coleman).

Event details:
Thursday, Sept 20, 2012, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Room
Ellison Campus Center
352 Lafayette St.
Salem State University, Salem, Mass.

This event is free and open to the public.