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Title [sv]
Digital sexuell hälsa: Trygghet, njutning och välbefinnande i LHBTQ+-gemenskaper
Title [en]
Digital sexual health: Designing for safety, pleasure and wellbeing in LGBTQ+ communities
Abstract [sv]
Intima digitala medier – som dejtingappar och plattformar för sexuell hälsa – blir alltmer sammanvävda med människors privata och intima liv. Samtidigt saknas kunskap om hur denna digitala intimitet stödjer eller undergräver möjligheten för HBTQ+-personer att tillgodose sina informationsbehov kring sexuell hälsa; allt ifrån kunskap om säkert och njutningsfullt sex till tillgång till kulturellt anpassad och respektfull vård.Forskningen på sexuell hälsa för HBTQ+-personer handlar ofta om ohälsa och diskriminering. Vi fokuserar i stället på trygghet, njutning och välbefinnande (som är centralt i nationella och globala definitioner av sexuell hälsa) och utforskar det snabbt växande fältet ”sextech” som lovande verktyg för att främja hälsa och bekämpa stigma förknippat med marginaliserade sexuella identiteter. Sextech är en hastigt växande mångmiljonindustri som rymmer allt ifrån plattformar för hälsoinformation och rådgivning, till appar för självspårning och delning av sexuella hälsodata och smarta sexleksaker. Dessa appar och plattformar har stor potential för vården inom sexuell hälsa på sätt som kräver ny kunskap. Baserat på ett internationellt samarbete mellan forskare i Sverige och Australien – inklusive partnerskap med lokal vårdpersonal inom sexuell hälsa, statliga myndigheter, HBTQ-organisationer och sextech-designers – utvecklar vi ett empiriskt grundat, nyskapande ramverk för framtida interventioner inom sexuell hälsa. Vi använder innovativa deltagande och framtidsinriktade metoder som dels bidrar till den vetenskapliga diskussionen om digital sexuell hälsa, och dels resulterar i praktiska, strategiska rekommendationer till våra partnerorganisationer för framtida planering och implementering av hälsofrämjande arbete riktat mot HBTQ+-gemenskaper. Genom att sammanföra användare och designers utforskar vi även nya former av trygg hantering av intima personliga data i digitala hälsoinitiativ, samt etisk och inkluderande design av sextech för HBTQ+-personer.
Abstract [en]
Intimate digital media – like dating apps and sexual health platforms – are rapidly changing the way people navigate their private and intimate lives. However, little is known about how this media use supports or undermines the capacities of LGBTQ+ people to meet their sexual health information needs, ranging from negotiating safe, pleasurable sexual experiences, to accessing culturally appropriate sexual health services.Research on sexual health for LGBTQ+ people often focuses on ill-health and discrimination. We focus instead on safety, pleasure and wellbeing (central to national and global definitions of sexual health), and explore the rapidly growing field of ‘sextech’ as promising tools to enable health and help destigmatize marginalized sexual identities. Sextech is a fast growing multi-million industry including everything from educational platforms for health information and consultation, to sexual wellness apps for self-tracking and sharing sexual health data, to smart sex toys. These emergent digital technologies have significant potential for the field of sexual healthcare in ways that require new knowledge. Building on an international collaboration involving a research team in Sweden and Australia – including partnerships with local sexual health professionals, governmental agencies, LGBTQ organizations and sextech designers – we develop an empirically grounded, theoretically inventive framework for future sexual health intervention. We use innovative participatory and future-oriented methods to advance the scholarly discussion of digital sexual health, as well as provide practical, strategic recommendations to our Partner Organizations on the future planning and implementation of digital health promotion targeting diverse LGBTQ+ communities. By bringing together users and sextech developers, we also explore new forms of safe processing of intimate data in digital health initiatives, as well as ethical and inclusive tech design for LGBTQ+ people.
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Sundén, J. & Tanderup Linkis, S. (2024). Stories that will make you blush?: Erotic audio fiction on the verge between privacy and publicness. Sound Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stories that will make you blush?: Erotic audio fiction on the verge between privacy and publicness
2024 (English)In: Sound Studies, ISSN 2055-1940Article in journal (Refereed) 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. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2024
Keywords
Audio erotica, bookishness, digital platforms, erotic fiction, sonic intimacy
National Category
Specific Literatures Gender Studies Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-53827 (URN)10.1080/20551940.2024.2335684 (DOI)001195679100001 ()2-s2.0-85189829680 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01927
Available from: 2024-04-16 Created: 2024-04-16 Last updated: 2024-04-19Bibliographically approved
Albury, K., Stardust, Z. & Sundén, J. (2023). Queer and feminist reflections on sextech. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 31(4), Article ID 2246751.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Queer and feminist reflections on sextech
2023 (English)In: Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, E-ISSN 2641-0397, Vol. 31, no 4, article id 2246751Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2023
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52361 (URN)10.1080/26410397.2023.2246751 (DOI)001068606000001 ()37712402 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85171277946 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Australian Research Council, CE200100005Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01927Australian Research Council, FT210100085
Available from: 2023-09-19 Created: 2023-09-19 Last updated: 2023-10-05Bibliographically approved
Principal InvestigatorSundén, Jenny
Co-InvestigatorAlbury, Kath
Co-InvestigatorStardust, Zahra
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
Funder
Period
2021-01-01 - 2023-12-31
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:2999Project, id: 2021-01927_Forte

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