“REVENGE PORN” IN BRAZIL: SOME REFLECTIONS ON GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FIELD WORK ON AND ABOUT THE INTERNET

 

The term “revenge porn” is being used in several countries and contexts (by feminists, the media, law and policy makers) to refer to the unconsented disclosure of intimate, erotic or sexual material, usually via internet. While placing various legal questions about privacy and the liability of Internet providers, the debates that surround it allow us to reflect on how new communication technologies help to enlighten gender, sexuality, privacy matters and also bring new social, political, legal and anthropological challenges.

In my phd work, which focus on “revenge porn” controversies in Brazil, the Internet is both a subject and a field of observation. Due to the technical advances made available by new information technologies – social networks, smart-phones and other platforms – we are faced with changes in the way we interact with each other and with digital media. In different ways, it is in and through the internet that “revenge porngraphy” comes to life. It is in spaces of virtual sociability that circulate, concurrently, both the products of unauthorized and malicious disclosure of intimate contents, as well as the resulting condemnations and persecutions of the women involved, allowing the maintenance and proliferation of different forms of violence against women.

An active part of an “enlarged public sphere”, the internet is a space of multiple disputes, which poses opposing, ambiguous, contrasting and conflicting positions. If restrictive and condemning conventions of gender and sexuality are perpetuated online, dissident and counter-hegemonic voices also circulate. Therefore, the internet can also be a kind of battlefield for sexuality, a space that brings together political clashes about meanings and restrictions on bodies, behaviors and uses of pleasures.

 

 


Beatriz Accioly Lins

1 thought on ““REVENGE PORN” IN BRAZIL: SOME REFLECTIONS ON GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FIELD WORK ON AND ABOUT THE INTERNET”

  1. You could definitely see your skills in the work you write.
    The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe.
    At all times follow your heart.

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