'Fraping', 'Sexting', 'Trolling' and 'Rinsing': Social Networking, Feminist Thought and the Construction of Young Women as Victims or Villains

Karen Lumsden, Heather May Morgan

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Abstract

This paper explores the contradictory framing of young women’s social networking use in public and media discourses and situates it within current debates regarding the future of feminism for young women. While social networking activities began as relatively trivial, recently public and media concern has grown, especially in light of a so-called rise in ‘problematic’ gendered/sexualized behaviours on social networking sites. Examples include ‘fraping’, ‘sexting’, ‘trolling’ and ‘rinsing’; behaviours thatpush the boundaries of acceptability in terms of normative gendered/sexualized and embodied practices. Paradoxically, young women are presented as both victims of more predatory, deviant and/or criminal behaviours on social networking sites, such as cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying and their consequences, and villains in terms oftheir engagement in the aforementioned gendered/sexualized interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Forthcoming Feminisms
Subtitle of host publicationGender Activism, Politics and Theory (BSA Gender Study Group Conference)
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2012

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    Lumsden, K., & Morgan, H. M. (2012). 'Fraping', 'Sexting', 'Trolling' and 'Rinsing': Social Networking, Feminist Thought and the Construction of Young Women as Victims or Villains. In Proceedings of Forthcoming Feminisms: Gender Activism, Politics and Theory (BSA Gender Study Group Conference) https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15756