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NCJ Number: 199529 Find in a Library
Title: Electronic Cloak: Secret Sexual Deviance in Cybersociety (From Dot.cons: Crime, Deviance and Identity on the Internet, P 53-67, 2003, Yvonne Jewkes, ed. -- See NCJ-199525)
Author(s): Heather DiMarco
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses how the pornographic and sex-oriented Internet sites have liberated Internet users to engage in an anonymous exploration of aspects of their sexual identities that, in many cases, have been suppressed in the non-cyber world, where the exposure of their sexual needs and desires is more risky and can have devastating consequences.
Abstract: The chapter focuses on women Internet users, for whom the Internet is arguably especially empowering in providing a space to explore sexual boundaries in a society dominated by patriarchal definitions of sexual norms. Chat rooms in particular provide a safe environment for women to indulge their fantasies and to collect sexual experiences. Through Internet communication in an anonymous environment, women can experiment with same-sex partnerships while simultaneously preserving their self-image as "normal"/heterosexual in real life. Further, individuals can use chat rooms as a practice ground for rehearsing their later, real-life interactions. For individuals who feel compelled to keep aspects of their identity or sexuality hidden from even close family and friends, the Internet may provide a welcome respite where they can suspend their usual presentations of self that conform to the perceived expectations of those whose love and acceptance they desire.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): Bisexuality; Female deviance; Female sex roles; Sexual behavior
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