The transnationalization of online sexual violation: The case of “revenge pornography” as a theoretical and political problematic

Jeff Hearn, Matthew Hall

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The growth, and popularity, of the Internet is unprecedented. The rise of Internet usage has coincided with rising of a variety of transnational online sexual abuses and violations. In this chapter, we examine the relatively recent phenomenon of ‘revenge porn’, as an example of online sexual violation, and a site of transnational dispersions of sexualities, violences and sexual abuse/violations, and as an interconnected theoretical/conceptual and political/policy problematic. This text/image-based sexual abuse is an urgent problem, posted online very largely by men. The impact on victims/survivors is profound regarding physical and psychological health and well-being with reports of some taking their own lives. We discuss transnational approaches to the analysis, theorizing and politics of this phenomenon – its production, consumption, interventions to counter it, and indeed its very existence as a new online-offline configuration – and how, in turn, ‘revenge porn’ assists rethinking transnational and online processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSexualities, Transnationalism, and Globalization : New Perspectives
EditorsYanqiu Rachel Zhou, Christina Sinding, Donald Goellnicht
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationNew York
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-36968-2 , 978-0-367-76990-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-35210-2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameSexuality, culture and health


  • 518 Media and communications
  • ICTs
  • violence
  • sexuality
  • gender
  • cyberspace
  • transnationalism

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

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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