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From Barbie to Gargantua: A mapping of the representations of the female human body in Online Pornography

KOUNTRIA, ASPASIA (2009) From Barbie to Gargantua: A mapping of the representations of the female human body in Online Pornography. In: Proceedings of the WebSci'09: Society On-Line, 18-20 March 2009, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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Pornography and Sex remain two of the "dirtiest little secrets" throughout the course of human history. Sexual expression is probably the only social practice that is so repressed and at the same time manages to haunt our routine. Online Sexuality is presented as a unique and absolute component that actually ensures the coherence and the stability of our social life. The point of this paper is to observe, write down, report and give to the best possible extend a detailed description of the up-to-date cybersex culture as seen on online sites containing pornographic content. Within the context of consumer society the human body becomes a bearer of symbolic value as well as a central element in the postmodern sense of personal and social identity. Consumer capitalism constructs and sells the image of a sexually active female body that is constructed and reproduced as a social figure, icon, tool and practice in pornographic internet sites. This body is also involved in a dynamic and ongoing process of becoming through modification, surgery and general reconstruction, so as to be puzzled, decorated and finally adored from online pornography consumers. Within the scope of online pornography, sexuality becomes a "primary commodity" project as seen in sites such as www.suicidegirls.com and www.youporn.com. Seen in this context, online pornography constructs, defines and maps out the actual identity of up-to-date cybersex culture and human relationships. Cybersex seems to be a reality generating activity, by introducing new trends, social habits and morals. The purpose of the present study is to examine the social representations, the practices and the usages of the body, to explore the online sexually performing body -physically present in the sexual act or physically absent (virtual body) - the association between the body and cybersex technologies as well as the sexual act itself as an embodied experience, so as to finally lead us to conceptualize a more complete classification and thereafter clarification of the so called cybersex culture and its role in today's societies.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords:cybersex culture female body online pornography cybersex tecnologies human relationships
Subjects:Web Science Events > Web Science 2009
ID Code:249
Deposited By: W S T Administrator
Deposited On:11 Mar 2009 00:24
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 16:46

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