Journal article

Navigating the Tensions of Normative Masculinity: Homosocial Dynamics in Australian Young Men's Discussions of Sexting Practices

Steven Roberts, Signe Ravn, Marcus Maloney, Brittany Ralph

CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Building on research identifying sexting as an important aspect of contemporary youth cultures, this article critically explores the ways that homosocial bonding is bound up with, and produced in the context of, young adult men’s discussions of sexting. Drawing on a focus-group study with 37 undergraduate young men based in Melbourne, Australia, we find both deviations from and continuations with the literature that has emphasised men’s homosocial bonding as being predicated on women’s sexualisation and subordination. Discussions of sexting prove to be a site where young men navigate being ‘lads’ prioritising homosocial relations over relations with female partners and objectifying women to ..

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We are grateful to Monash University's School of Social Science for the provision of an internal 'SoSS Research Grant', which funded this research.