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06 MARCH 2015

Sexed up: theorizing the sexualization of culture

"This paper reviews and examines emerging academic approaches to the study of ‘sexualized culture’; an examination made necessary by contemporary preoccupations with sexual values, practices and identities, the emergence of new forms of sexual experience and the apparent breakdown of rules, categories and regulations designed to keep the obscene at bay. The paper maps out some key themes and preoccupations in recent academic writing on sex and sexuality, especially those relating to the contemporary or emerging characteristics of sexual discourse. The key issues of pornographication and democratization, taste formations, postmodern sex and intimacy, and sexual citizenship are explored in detail."

(Feona Attwood, 2006)

ATTWOOD, F. (2006). Sexed up: theorizing the sexualization of culture. Sexualities, 9 (1), 77-94.


2006Anthony Giddens • attitudes to sex • auto-eroticism • Brian McNair • Brigid Costello • casual sex • Catharine Lumby • commercial sex services • consumption spectacle • contemporary sexual discourse • cybersex • David Bell • David Buckingham • David Evans • Debbie Stoller • Dennis Altman • diverse sexual identities • Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim • email affairs • erotic life • Eva Illouz • excitation • female sexualityfemininity • Feona Attwood • gender relations • hedonism • Hilary Radner • Imelda Whelehan • intimate relations • Jane Arthurs • Jane Juffer • Jeffrey Weeks • Jon Binnie • Joseph Bristow • Juniper Wiley • Kenneth Plummer • liquid love • literature review • Mandy Merck • Marcelle Karp • Marj Kibby • Mark Jancovich • Michel Foucault • Natasha Forrest • obscenityonline datingpersonal life • personal relationships • phone sex • physical pleasure • physical sensation • plastic sexuality • pornographication • postmodern sex • radical sexual politics • renewable pleasures • romantic encounters • romantic relationships • Rosalind Gill • Rosalind Given-Wilson • Sara Bragg • sex and commitment • sex and reproduction • sex toysexismsexual behaviour • sexual citizenship • sexual commodification • sexual democratisation • sexual desire • sexual discourse • sexual encounter • sexual experience • sexual fitness • sexual identities • sexual intimacy • sexual meaning • sexual objectification • sexual obscenity • sexual practices • sexual preoccupation • sexual propriety • sexual regulation • sexual representation • sexual sensibilities • sexual subjectification • sexual values • sexualised culture • sexualised depictionssexuality • sexualization • sexually explicit texts • Sheffield Hallam University • SHURA • Simon Hardy • Stacy Gillis • taste formations • transient pleasures • Ulrich Beck • Walter Kendrick • William Simon • Zygmunt Bauman


Simon Perkins
20 NOVEMBER 2014

Tinder: becoming a commodity through consumption practices

"While most people know about online dating sites like and eHarmony, a new app called Tinder is proving to be popular with younger users. Tinder takes a users Facebook profile and connects them with other users in their area. From there, it takes both people to like each other (or swipe right), to become a match and start talking. ...

'Our research continually shows that in fact, many college aged woman are having sex to get the relationships, whereas guys are having sex to get the sex,' Dr. Liahna Gordon said. In that way, Dr. Gordon argues, Tinder, with what many see as a hookup app, favors the motivations of men. ...

Gordon is concerned about Tinder being another way to commodify humans. 'It's like shopping! I'm going to try this one on, oh don't like that one,' Gordon said. 'It's a continual supply and that there's always more. That provides a lot of excitement in some lives that where people aren't so content with their lives.' At least for now, it seems young people will continue to shop."

(Brian Johnson and Debbie Cobb, 14 February 2014, Action News Now)



affective consumption • Austin Schumacher • awkward situations • back button • casual sex • Chico State University • commodification of self • commodify humans • commodifying myselfconsumption practicesconsumption spectaclecross-context sharing • dating app • eHarmony • Facebook profile • fear of rejection • fill the void • having sexhookup • hookup app • identity performance • Liahna Gordon • • meeting peoplemobile apponline dating • online dating sites • online profilesprofile imageromantic relationshipsspectacular societyswipe left • swipe right • swipingTinder (app)window shopping


Gaby Rock
01 JANUARY 2014

Tinder: swiping yes to intimate invitations from relative strangers

"Tinder uses your existing social networking data from Facebook to locate people in the immediate vicinity, tell you a bit about them, whether you have any friends in common and (most importantly) show you a pic.

It has slimmed down the emotional, cognitive and financial investment required by the virtual dating process to one simple question: 'Do I want to do you?' What more modern way to make that most basic binary decision of whether you want to shag someone than a game of real–world 'Hot or Not'?

Social media has made us expert first–daters, well–versed in smalltalk and over–sharing with strangers. The quick follow–though from swipe to sex is similarly instinctive for a generation with an appetite for immediacy."

(Caroline Kent, 19 Sep 2013)



automatic predictions • binary decision • casual sexcommodifying myselfcomparison site • compass • cross-context sharingdatadata matchingdatingFacebook • friends in common • hot or not • identity performance • immediate vicinity • iPhonelikedlikeslocation-basedlocation-based social networkingmobile appnormalising over-sharingonline datingonline profilesoversharingpersonal brandingproximityrecommendation platformself-disclosure • shag • shared friends • small talksocial mediasocial networkingspectacular societyswipingTinder (app)user data • vicinity • virtual dating


Simon Perkins
27 NOVEMBER 2011

Cloud-based facial recognition services rely on finding publicly available pictures of you online

"With Carnegie Mellon's cloud–centric new mobile app, the process of matching a casual snapshot with a person's online identity takes less than a minute. Tools like PittPatt and other cloud–based facial recognition services rely on finding publicly available pictures of you online, whether it's a profile image for social networks like Facebook and Google Plus or from something more official from a company website or a college athletic portrait. In their most recent round of facial recognition studies, researchers at Carnegie Mellon were able to not only match unidentified profile photos from a dating website (where the vast majority of users operate pseudonymously) with positively identified Facebook photos, but also match pedestrians on a North American college campus with their online identities.

The repercussions of these studies go far beyond putting a name with a face; researchers Alessandro Acquisti, Ralph Gross, and Fred Stutzman anticipate that such technology represents a leap forward in the convergence of offline and online data and an advancement of the 'augmented reality' of complementary lives. With the use of publicly available Web 2.0 data, the researchers can potentially go from a snapshot to a Social Security number in a matter of minutes."

(Jared Keller, 29 September 2011, The Atlantic Magazine)



augmented realityCarnegie Mellon Universitycloud computing • college campus • convergencecross-context sharingdating • dating website • face perceptionface recognitionFacebook • Facebook photos • facial recognition services • facial recognition studies • Google Plusidentificationidentifyidentitymatchmobile app • offline data • online data • online dating • online identities • online identityonline profiles • PittPatt • portraitprofile image • profile photo • pseudonym • pseudonymously • publicly available • publicly available pictures • snapshotsocial networks • Social Security number • technology innovation • unidentified • visual identityWeb 2.0 • Web 2.0 data


Simon Perkins
27 JULY 2009

Before online dating there was video dating...













1980sbachelor • blast from the past • blind date • cringeworthy • cultural normsdating • dating video • depictions of mendisclosuregender stereotypesidentity performanceimpression managementmatchmakingmeeting peopleonline datingpersonal identitypersonal informationprofile imageretro cheesinessromantic relationshipsself-advocacyself-consciousself-disclosure • self-image • self-perception • self-promotion • video dating • video mate • wishes and needs


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