Digital Gender-Sexual Violations: Violence, Technologies, Motivations

Matthew Hall, Jeff Hearn, Ruth Lewis

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Abstract

This groundbreaking book argues that the fundamental issues around how victim-survivors of digital gender-sexual violations (DGSVs) are abused can be understood in terms of gender and sexual dynamics, constructions, positioning and logics. The book builds upon Hall and Hearn's previous work, Revenge Pornography, but has been substantially reworked to examine other forms of DGSV such as upskirting and sexual deepfakes, as well as the latest research and debates in the field.
Facilitated by developments in internet and mobile technologies, the non-consensual posting of real or fake sexually explicit images of others for revenge, entertainment, homosocial status or political leverage has become a global phenomenon. Using discourse and thematic analytical approaches, this text examines digital, survey and interview data on gendered sexual violences, abuses, and violations. The words of both the perpetrators and victim-survivors are presented, showing the impact on victim-survivors and the complex ways in which phallocentric power relations and existing hegemonic masculinities are reinforced and invoked by perpetrators to position girls and women as gendered and sexualised commodities to be traded, admired, violated or abused for the needs of individual men or groups of men.

Hall, Hearn and Lewis explore their research in a broader social and political context, evaluating and suggesting changes to existing legislative frameworks, education, victim support, and practical and policy interventions against DGSV, along with wider political considerations. This is a unique resource for students, academics and researchers as well as professionals dealing with issues around digital gender-sexual violations.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
chapter |12 pages
Introduction
part Part 1|57 pages

Framing and theorising digital gender-sexual violations
chapter 1|12 pages
Words and concepts
chapter 2|19 pages
Situating digital gender-sexual violations
chapter 3|11 pages
Online interactions
chapter 4|13 pages
Data and methods of analysis
part Part 2|72 pages

Empirical analyses of digital gender-sexual violations
chapter 5|23 pages
Online textual abuse of feminists, with Michael Rowe and Clare Wiper
chapter 6|16 pages
Upskirting, homosociality, and craftmanship
chapter 7|17 pages
Revenge pornography
chapter 8|14 pages
Some further forms of digital gender-sexual violations
part Part 3|40 pages

Wider implications and responses
chapter 9|16 pages
Wider implications for workplaces, organisations, and public spaces with Charlotta Niemistö
chapter 10|13 pages
Socio-legal-technical considerations
chapter 11|9 pages
Afterword
Key issues now and for the future

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Volume1
Edition1
Number of pages198
ISBN (Print) 9780367686116, 0367686112
ISBN (Electronic)9781003138273
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeC1 Scientific book

Keywords

  • 518 Media and communications
  • online
  • abuse
  • violation
  • violence
  • digital
  • Internet

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising

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