Foucault (1981) suggested that modern social life is bound up with the rise of "disciplinary power," which could be controlled and regulated (Giddens, 1992). Foucault termed sexuality "an especially dense transfer point for relations of power," a point which can become a focus of social control. We might see internet sexuality as reflecting a change in the locus of power, where the internet has become a dense transfer medium for those relations of power. Specifically, the internet has become a place where simulation of sex, and sexual barter, occur with minimal control and regulation (Ross, 2005)."
The Internet provides the forum for one person to have several different sexual personas with different ages, genders, preferences and desires.
This has held true through other readings I have done in the past. In fact, news shows are constantly broadcasting the fact that people use the internet to pretend to be something other than what they are. An extreme example is that show that sets people up with a decoy and they believe they are coming to meet a 12-year-old girl and the cameras are waiting when they arrive.
Outside of such illegal and immoral behaviors articles have supported the idea that the Internet is an alluring sex arena because it allows participants to "try on" various personas and act out their sexual fantasies while remaining safely hidden behind invented names, genders and pictures.
An additional point that Giddens (1992) raised is that the body is in some sense the domain of sexuality. In the sense that sexuality is felt in the body, he is correct. But the internet allows for a surrogate body to experiment and to be experimented upon. Not only may a false body be presented (being pictured as younger, thinner, or even represented by a picture of someone else), but "robots" may be created that act in the place of the person and advertise and respond (Ross, 2005)."
The Internet also provides the removal of barriers...
Typing, doing, and being: sexuality and the internet.
The Journal of Sex Research
Typing, doing, and being: sexuality and the internet.
From: The Journal of Sex Research | Date: November 1, 2005 | Author: Ross, Michael W. | More results for: "human sexuality" transgendered journal
The increasing salience of sexuality on the internet, whether cybersex or use of the internet to make sexual contacts, has focused interest on how internet-mediated sexuality informs social theory. This article reviews social theory and sexuality in relation to the internet, with specific reference to the development of intimacy, the association of texts with sexual scripts, the emergence of cybersexuality as a sexual space midway between fantasy and action, and the question of boundaries and the location of the person in sexual interaction. Also, the supplanting of the real by the symbolic, the internet as a sexual marketplace, its important role in creating sexual communities, particularly where sexual behavior or identity is stigmatized, its impact as a new arena for sexual experience and experimentation, and its impact in shaping sexual culture and sexuality are noted. Finally, the
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