Digital Spaces, Material Traces : Investigating the by N.A.J.M. van Doorn

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As the three examples above show, mutual shaping theory necessitates a case study approach to examining gender and the internet, in which the manifold dimensions that make up particular gendered practices can be studied in detail. , 2002) or gendered ICT use in the workplace (Sefyrin, 2005). g. Cockburn and Fürst-Dilić, 1994) and has been applied in several studies of old and new media use (Haddon, 2006). 5 — New web, new questions, new outcomes? 0, typified by an increasing number of users producing and sharing digital content.

In response to YouTube’s policy of not allowing nudity, websites such PornoTube and RedTube are now providing a platform where users can upload pornographic video material (either actually home-made or purporting to be) to which other users can respond by leaving comments. Most of these videos focus on the everyday reality of people engaged in sexual practices. Consequently, this dynamic has strongly reaffirmed the ‘real body’ on the screen, which can now be visually linked to its ‘physical origin’.

We considered data to be ‘usable’ when it contained interactions that somehow referred to gender, sexuality and/or embodiment. For example, in the left column of Table 1, three participants in #Cyberbar discuss hair growth on their bodies and ways of grooming it. The right column illustrates how we analyzed and interpreted this conversation. Table 1: Discussing body hair in #Cyberbar i got stubble ive been to lazy to shave where? and my face i dont even have that ah and ya there to pete when i start to get stubble on my head hey I didn't say anything?

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