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Wrestling with Online Avatars: Technology and Sexual Transformation

  • Paul Driscoll-Evans
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Abstract

The chapter explores the role that sexual & networking websites/apps play in relationship formation and examine the ways in which men who have sex with men (MSM) have embraced this medium. Furthermore it is argued that the use of information technology can have a disinhibitive effect on action and can promote a sense of sexual agency which can undermine public health messages related to ‘healthy’ sexual conduct. It is argued, using ethnographic fieldwork carried out within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, that the internet provides individuals with the opportunity to use multi-modal practices to write themselves into being online.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Driscoll-Evans
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  1. 1.University of SuffolkIpswichUK

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