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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of Forthcoming Feminisms|
|Subtitle of host publication||Gender Activism, Politics and Theory (BSA Gender Study Group Conference)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Oct 2012|