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Vanilla normies and fellow pervs: Boundary work on sexual platforms
Tallinn University, Estonia.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7895-7617
University of Turku, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6319-9155
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6047-4369
University of Turku, Finland.
2023 (English)In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382Article in journal (Refereed) 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.

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Sage Publications, 2023.
Keywords [en]
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
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Gender Studies
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52797DOI: 10.1177/13634607231215763ISI: 001102022600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85176965204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-52797DiVA, id: diva2:1815546
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Rethinking sexuality: A geopolitics of digital sexual cultures in Estonia, Sweden and Finland, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 10/2019Academy of Finland, 327391Available from: 2023-11-29 Created: 2023-11-29 Last updated: 2023-12-04Bibliographically approved

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