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Sundén, J., Paasonen, S., Tiidenberg, K. & Vihlman, M. (2024). Locating sex: regional geographies of sexual social media. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 31(4), 424-440
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Locating sex: regional geographies of sexual social media
2024 (Engelska)Ingår i: Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, ISSN 0966-369X, E-ISSN 1360-0524, Vol. 31, nr 4, s. 424-440Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Contributing to the field of the geographies of digital sexualities, this article explores the geosocial dimensions of digital sexual cultures by analyzing three regionally operating, linguistically specific social media platforms devoted to sexual expression. Drawing on case studies of an Estonian platform used primarily for group sex, a Swedish platform for kink and BDSM, and a Finnish platform for nude self-expression, we ask how these contribute to and shape sexual geographies in digital and physical registers. First, we focus on the platforms as tools for digital wayfinding and hooking up. Second, we consider how the platforms help to reimagine and sexualize physical locations as ones of play, and how this transforms the ways of inhabiting such spaces. Third, we analyze how the platforms operate as sexual places in their own right, designed to accommodate certain forms of display, relating, and belonging. We argue, in particular, that these platforms shape how users imagine and engage with location by negotiating notions of proximity and distance, risk and safety, making space for sexual sociability. We approach geographies of sexuality both through the regional and linguistic boundaries within which these platforms operate, as well as through our participants' sense of comfort and investment in local spaces of sexual play. As sexual content is increasingly pushed out of large, U.S.-owned social media platforms, we argue that locally operating platforms provide a critical counterpoint, allowing for a vital re-platforming of sex on a regional level.

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Routledge, 2024
Nationell ämneskategori
Genusstudier
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49944 (URN)10.1080/0966369X.2022.2122410 (DOI)000854532500001 ()2-s2.0-85138282063 (Scopus ID)
Forskningsfinansiär
ÖstersjöstiftelsenFinlands Akademi, 327391
Tillgänglig från: 2022-09-23 Skapad: 2022-09-23 Senast uppdaterad: 2024-04-09Bibliografiskt granskad
Sundén, J. & Tanderup Linkis, S. (2024). Stories that will make you blush?: Erotic audio fiction on the verge between privacy and publicness. Sound Studies
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Stories that will make you blush?: Erotic audio fiction on the verge between privacy and publicness
2024 (Engelska)Ingår i: Sound Studies, ISSN 2055-1940Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on the rapidly growing Swedish market of app-based audio erotic fiction through an analysis of two significant apps and publishers: Blanche Stories and Ava Stories. We explore audio erotica apps as devices of both literature, pleasure and intimate sonic connectivity. First, we discuss the specific affordances of the born-audio format, its flexible and mobile forms of listening and the consequences of this flexibility for audio erotica. Secondly, we move in on the content of these apps by taking a closer look at specific forms of erotization of books and literature present both in paratextual elements surrounding the stories, and in the stories themselves. Thirdly, we shift to a discussion of content regulation, marketing strategies and strategic framing of audio erotica apps as digital and sonic devices of pleasure. These apps and their content may be considered “safe” in a number of ways: They are framed as healthy and wholesome from a particular ethical, feminist standpoint by emphasising consent and disassociating with porn. They create intimate and, in a sense, private and safe spaces of listening. But they also carry interesting, queer potentials for mobile forms of sexuality and for public (or semi-public) sonic erotic experiences. 

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Routledge, 2024
Nyckelord
Audio erotica, bookishness, digital platforms, erotic fiction, sonic intimacy
Nationell ämneskategori
Litteraturstudier Genusstudier Kulturstudier
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-53827 (URN)10.1080/20551940.2024.2335684 (DOI)001195679100001 ()2-s2.0-85189829680 (Scopus ID)
Forskningsfinansiär
Forte, Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd, 2021-01927
Tillgänglig från: 2024-04-16 Skapad: 2024-04-16 Senast uppdaterad: 2024-04-19Bibliografiskt granskad
Paasonen, S., Sundén, J., Tiidenberg, K. & Vihlman, M. (2023). About Sex, Open-Mindedness, and Cinnamon Buns: Exploring Sexual Social Media. Social Media + Society, 9(1), Article ID 20563051221147324.
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>About Sex, Open-Mindedness, and Cinnamon Buns: Exploring Sexual Social Media
2023 (Engelska)Ingår i: Social Media + Society, E-ISSN 2056-3051, Vol. 9, nr 1, artikel-id 20563051221147324Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

General purpose social media platforms—often incited by American legislation—increasingly exclude sex from acceptable forms of sociality in the abstract name of user safety. This article analyzes interview data (four developer interviews and 56 user interviews) from three North European sexual platforms (Darkside, Alastonsuomi, and Libertine.Center) to explore what follows from including sexual sites in definitions and analyses of social media and, by extension, in including sex in definitions of “the social” itself. We found that instead of context collapse, the users and developers of the studied sites operate with what we call context promiscuity, blending boundaries, but maintaining their structural integrity. This allows for a particular silosociality to emerge based on experiences of safety, risk, and consent. Building on this, we propose thinking of sexual expression as something not contained by, but put in motion across platforms, user cultures, content policies, and sexual norms. Rather than framing sexual social media exchanges in terms of their perceived risks and harms, we would do well to also inquire after the risks and harms involved in ousting sex from networked forms of sociality. Deplatforming of sex truncates our ways of understanding what interests, forces, and attachments drive our sociality. Yet, when analyzing social media as if the socio-sexual matters, platforms designed to support sexual displays and connections become vital nodal points in social media ecologies. 

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Sage Publications, 2023
Nyckelord
context promiscuity, deplatforming of sex, safety, silosociality, social media
Nationell ämneskategori
Genusstudier
Forskningsämne
Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-51145 (URN)10.1177/20563051221147324 (DOI)000998755800001 ()2-s2.0-85148292667 (Scopus ID)1035-3.1.1-2019 (Lokalt ID)1035-3.1.1-2019 (Arkivnummer)1035-3.1.1-2019 (OAI)
Forskningsfinansiär
Östersjöstiftelsen, 10/2019
Tillgänglig från: 2023-03-06 Skapad: 2023-03-06 Senast uppdaterad: 2023-06-15Bibliografiskt granskad
Sundén, J. (2023). Digital kink obscurity: A sexual politics beyond visibility and comprehension. Sexualities
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Digital kink obscurity: A sexual politics beyond visibility and comprehension
2023 (Engelska)Ingår i: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Based on an interview-driven ethnographic study of the Swedish digital BDSM, fetish and kink platform Darkside, this article explores digital kink expressions at a moment when kink communities are both marginalized and seemingly mainstream, navigating a tricky balance between visibility and invisibility, intelligibility and unintelligibility. Across queer, postcolonial, and digital media theorizing, "opacity" provides a way of rethinking these tensions, challenging the idea of public visibility and identification as that which legitimizes sexual otherness. Building on this work, I suggest the term "kink obscurity" as a way of conceptualizing a set of tactics for sexually marginalized groups to exist, resist, and transgress without becoming fully visible or graspable. To these ends, I foreground a "closet positive" analysis of Darkside, not primarily of shame, secrecy, and isolation, but of shared spaces of vulnerability and intensity, a temporary safe house which partly protects against normative regulation. Although the platform activist ethos speaks to the value of openness and outness for the sake of sexual justice, the users are quite invested in anonymous and pseudonymous online presence and sexual expression. Opacity implies a lack of clarity; something opaque may be both difficult to see clearly as well as to understand. Drawing on edouard Glissant's idea of opacity as a form resistance to surveillance and imperial domination, a digital sexual politics of obscurity could help provide recognition without a demand to fully understand sexual otherness, opening up for new modes of obscure and pleasurable sexual expressions and transgressions.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Sage Publications, 2023
Nyckelord
BDSM, digital kink communities, edouard Glissant, kink obscurity, queer opacity
Nationell ämneskategori
Genusstudier
Forskningsämne
Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-50999 (URN)10.1177/13634607221124401 (DOI)000910676400001 ()
Forskningsfinansiär
Östersjöstiftelsen, 10/2019
Tillgänglig från: 2023-02-14 Skapad: 2023-02-14 Senast uppdaterad: 2023-02-17Bibliografiskt granskad
Sundén, J. (2023). Play, secrecy and consent: Theorizing privacy breaches and sensitive data in the world of networked sex toys. Sexualities, 26(8), 926-940
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Play, secrecy and consent: Theorizing privacy breaches and sensitive data in the world of networked sex toys
2023 (Engelska)Ingår i: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382, Vol. 26, nr 8, s. 926-940Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on a new materialist analysis of “vibrant matter” to understand the liveliness of sexual objects in toy-based sexual play, in this article I investigate the politics of thinking digital technologies as operating partly beyond human forms of agency and control. I use as my core examples privacy breaches and data leaks in the world of networked sex toys – such as a vibrator which allegedly audio recorded its clients’ play sessions without express permission – to engage with questions of intimacy and privacy in digital networks of humans and nonhumans. In particular, the discussion focuses on the consequences of new forms of publicness for how we can understand sexual intimacy and sexual play. What does it mean to have an intimate moment when connected to a device, a medium and a network that is by definition public, corporate and leaky? And how could we imagine other ways of being sexually intimate and exposed – yet safe – in public digital networks? Drawing on discussions of queer intimacy, sexual consent and queer BDSM, I suggest that current understandings of privacy and sensitive data (as per GDPR) may need unconventional sources to further ways of knowing what consent might mean, and how it feels. © The Author(s) 2020.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Sage Publications, 2023
Nyckelord
data consent and sexual consent, Digital intimacy, new materialism, public sex, sex toys, article, BDSM, drawing, human, human experiment, intimacy, politics, privacy, thinking
Nationell ämneskategori
Genusstudier
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-41999 (URN)10.1177/1363460720957578 (DOI)000571073900001 ()2-s2.0-85091149672 (Scopus ID)
Tillgänglig från: 2020-10-01 Skapad: 2020-10-01 Senast uppdaterad: 2023-11-24Bibliografiskt granskad
Albury, K., Stardust, Z. & Sundén, J. (2023). Queer and feminist reflections on sextech. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 31(4), Article ID 2246751.
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Queer and feminist reflections on sextech
2023 (Engelska)Ingår i: Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, E-ISSN 2641-0397, Vol. 31, nr 4, artikel-id 2246751Artikel i tidskrift, Editorial material (Refereegranskat) Published
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Taylor & Francis Group, 2023
Nationell ämneskategori
Genusstudier
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52361 (URN)10.1080/26410397.2023.2246751 (DOI)001068606000001 ()37712402 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85171277946 (Scopus ID)
Forskningsfinansiär
Australian Research Council, CE200100005Forte, Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd, 2021-01927Australian Research Council, FT210100085
Tillgänglig från: 2023-09-19 Skapad: 2023-09-19 Senast uppdaterad: 2023-10-05Bibliografiskt granskad
Tiidenberg, K., Paasonen, S., Sundén, J. & Vihlman, M. (2023). Vanilla normies and fellow pervs: Boundary work on sexual platforms. Sexualities
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Vanilla normies and fellow pervs: Boundary work on sexual platforms
2023 (Engelska)Ingår i: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Building on a study of three Nordic and Baltic digital sexual platforms, this article analyzes the perceptions of enjoyable sex and sexual belonging among 60 people, who self-identify as sexually liberal. In dialogue with Gayle Rubin’s formative work on sexual hierarchies and “good sex,” we explore our participants’ complex and often ambiguous sexual boundary work to delineate liberated sex. Independent of particular preferences (non-monogamy, BDSM, fetishism, and exhibitionism), liberated sex for our participants is definitionally enjoyable and articulated via an aspirational hierarchy based on willingness, diversity/variability, and self-reflexivity—partly set against national sexual imaginaries of vanilla normalcy, yet allowing vanilla some gradations and nuances.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Sage Publications, 2023
Nyckelord
Boundary work of “good sex”, digital sexual platforms, liberated sex, national sexual imaginaries, vanilla normalcy, article, BDSM, exhibitionism, female, human, male, monogamy, perception, sexual fetishism, Vanilla
Nationell ämneskategori
Genusstudier
Forskningsämne
Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52797 (URN)10.1177/13634607231215763 (DOI)001102022600001 ()2-s2.0-85176965204 (Scopus ID)
Forskningsfinansiär
Östersjöstiftelsen, 10/2019Finlands Akademi, 327391
Tillgänglig från: 2023-11-29 Skapad: 2023-11-29 Senast uppdaterad: 2023-12-04Bibliografiskt granskad
Sundén, J. & Paasonen, S. (2021). Isso é um absurdo!: Sobre o humor feminista nas redes sociais. Fronteiras – estudos midiáticos, 23(1), 2-10
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Isso é um absurdo!: Sobre o humor feminista nas redes sociais
2021 (Portugisiska)Ingår i: Fronteiras – estudos midiáticos, ISSN 1984-8226, Vol. 23, nr 1, s. 2-10Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [pt]

Nas redes sociais, o humor feminista geralmente chama a atenção pela dinâmica com que aborda o gênero binário, do qual zomba, subverte e comenta. Com foco no Tumblr “Congrats, you have an all male panel”, no perfil “Man Who Has It All” no Twitter e do Facebook e no perfil do Twitter “Men Write Women”, este artigo observa como esses projetos reexecutam o poder assimétrico de gênero binário por meio da repetição e subversão, extraindo seu apelo da própria lógica que eles mesmos criticam para ter um efeito disruptivo. Além disso, o texto questiona como as diferentes dinâmicas de plataforma de mídias sociais ajudam a agrupar certa sociabilidade e como a crítica do riso em rede aborda a importância da diversidade afetiva ao fazer piada de coisas absurdas. Nosso argumento é de que, ao recusar e evitar a lógica que a maioria oferece, e ao focar em situações absurdas, ridículas e inadequadas, este tipo de humor gera zonas produtivas de ambiguidade e risos incontroláveis onde tensões e diferenças se recusam a ser resolvidas.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Unisinos, Brazil: Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, 2021
Nyckelord
Absurdo, Humor feminista, Redes sociais
Nationell ämneskategori
Medievetenskap
Forskningsämne
Kritisk kulturteori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-46739 (URN)10.4013/fem.2021.231.01 (DOI)
Tillgänglig från: 2021-11-15 Skapad: 2021-11-15 Senast uppdaterad: 2021-11-16Bibliografiskt granskad
Sundén, J. (2021). Networked intimacies: Pandemic dis/connections between anxiety, joy, and laughter. In: André Jansson; Paul Adams (Ed.), Disentangling: The Geographies of Digital Disconnection (pp. 273-294). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Networked intimacies: Pandemic dis/connections between anxiety, joy, and laughter
2021 (Engelska)Ingår i: Disentangling: The Geographies of Digital Disconnection / [ed] André Jansson; Paul Adams, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021, s. 273-294Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

This chapter zooms in on transformations of intimacy and relational spaces in a time of a viral, global crisis. Set against the backdrop of “social distancing” practices, the chapter opens with a discussion of digital intimacy, focusing on the layering of anxiety and anticipation within networked connectivity. Secondly, it moves on to discuss how such anticipatory anxiety may become punctuated by pleasure and joy. Considering the dynamics between physical disconnection and digital intensity within pandemic hookup practices, it explores in particular instances of quarantine humor in queer hookup cultures. This humor stems from impossibly contradictory spaces of self-isolation, desire, and longing, in relation to which the swiftness of the swipe is transformed into a disconnect in the shape of a delay. The chapter ends with an example of Swedish, queer quarantine humor and a discussion of partial disconnections, or selective connectivity in difficult times in the interest of self-care.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021
Nyckelord
anxiety, anticipation, COVID-19, digital intimacy, networked connectivity, pandemic hookup cultures, pleasure, queer quarantine humor
Nationell ämneskategori
Medievetenskap
Forskningsämne
Kritisk kulturteori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-46742 (URN)10.1093/oso/9780197571873.003.0012 (DOI)2-s2.0-85133099402 (Scopus ID)9780197571873 (ISBN)
Tillgänglig från: 2021-11-15 Skapad: 2021-11-15 Senast uppdaterad: 2022-11-03Bibliografiskt granskad
Paasonen, S. & Sundén, J. (2021). Shameless dicks: On male privilege, dick pic scandals, and public exposure. First Monday, 6(4-5)
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Shameless dicks: On male privilege, dick pic scandals, and public exposure
2021 (Engelska)Ingår i: First Monday, E-ISSN 1396-0466, Vol. 6, nr 4-5Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Academic debates on shame and the involuntary networked circulation of naked pictures have largely focused on instances of hacked accounts of female celebrities, on revenge porn, and interconnected forms of slut-shaming. Meanwhile, dick pics have been predominantly examined as vehicles of sexual harassment within heterosexual contexts. Taking a somewhat different approach, this article examines leaked or otherwise involuntarily exposed dick pics of men of notable social privilege, asking what kinds of media events such leaked data assemble, how penises become sites of public interest and attention, and how these bodies may be able to escape circuits of public shaming. By focusing on high-profile incidents on an international scale during the past decade, this article moves from the leaked shots of male politicians as governance through shaming to body-shaming targeted at Harvey Weinstein, to Jeff Bezos’s refusal to be shamed through his hacked dick pic, and to an accidentally self-published shaft shot of Lars Ohly, a Swedish politician, we examine the agency afforded by social privilege to slide through shame rather than be stuck in it. By building on feminist media studies and affect inquiry, we attend to the specificities of these attempts to shame, their connections to and disconnections from slut-shaming, and the possibilities and spaces offered for laughter within this all.

Nationell ämneskategori
Genusstudier
Forskningsämne
Kritisk kulturteori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-46740 (URN)10.5210/fm.v26i4.11654 (DOI)
Forskningsfinansiär
Finlands Akademi
Tillgänglig från: 2021-11-15 Skapad: 2021-11-15 Senast uppdaterad: 2022-05-10Bibliografiskt granskad
Projekt
Urverk, mässing och korsetter: Politik och drömmar i steampunkkulturer [P11-0091:1_RJ]; Södertörns högskola; Publikationer
Sundén, J. (2016). Glitch, genus, tillfälligt avbrott: Femininitet som trasighetens teknologi. Lambda Nordica (1-2), 23-45Sundén, J. (2015). Clockwork Corsets: Pressed Against the Past. International journal of cultural studies, 18(3), 379-383Sundén, J. (2015). On trans-, glitch and gender as machinery of failure. First Monday, 20(4), Article ID 5895. Sundén, J. (2015). Technologies of Feeling: Affect between the Analog and the Digital. In: Ken Hillis, Susanna Paasonen, and Michael Petit (Ed.), Networked Affect: (pp. 135-150). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT PressSundén, J. (2015). Temporalities of Transition: Trans- temporal Femininity in a Human Musical Automaton. Somatechnics, 5(2), 197-216Sundén, J. (2014). Steampunk Practices: Time, Tactility, and a Racial Politics of Touch. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (5)Sundén, J. (2013). Corporeal Anachronisms: Notes on Affect, Relationality, and Power in Steampunk. Somatechnics, 3(2), 369-386Dahl, U. & Sundén, J. (2013). Guest Editors’ Introduction: Somatechnical Figurations. Somatechnics, 3(2), 225-232Sundén, J. (2012). Ångpunkens politik. In: Erling Bjurström, Martin Fredriksson, Ulf OIsson och Ann Werner (Ed.), Senmoderna reflexioner: Festskrift till Johan Fornäs (pp. 91-99). Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
Rethinking sexuality: A geopolitics of digital sexual cultures in Estonia, Sweden and Finland [10/2019_OSS]; Södertörns högskola; Publikationer
Paasonen, S., Sundén, J., Tiidenberg, K. & Vihlman, M. (2023). About Sex, Open-Mindedness, and Cinnamon Buns: Exploring Sexual Social Media. Social Media + Society, 9(1), Article ID 20563051221147324. Sundén, J. (2023). Digital kink obscurity: A sexual politics beyond visibility and comprehension. SexualitiesTiidenberg, K., Paasonen, S., Sundén, J. & Vihlman, M. (2023). Vanilla normies and fellow pervs: Boundary work on sexual platforms. Sexualities
Digital sexuell hälsa: Trygghet, njutning och välbefinnande i LHBTQ+-gemenskaper [2021-01927_Forte]; Södertörns högskola; Publikationer
Sundén, J. & Tanderup Linkis, S. (2024). Stories that will make you blush?: Erotic audio fiction on the verge between privacy and publicness. Sound StudiesAlbury, K., Stardust, Z. & Sundén, J. (2023). Queer and feminist reflections on sextech. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 31(4), Article ID 2246751.
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