NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media

NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media

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Overview

An exploration of how and why social media content is tagged as “not safe for work” and an argument against conflating sexual content with risk.

The hashtag #NSFW (not safe for work) acts as both a warning and an invitation. NSFW tells users, “We dare you to click on this link! And by the way, don't do it until after work!” Unlike the specificity of movie and television advisories (“suggestive dialogue,” “sexual content”), NSFW signals, nonspecifically, sexually explicit content that ranges from nude selfies to pornography. NSFW looks at how and why social media content is tagged “not safe” and shows how this serves to conflate sexual content and risk. The authors argue that the notion of “unsafety” extends beyond the risk of losing one's job or being embarrassed at work to an unspecified sense of risk attached to sexually explicit media content and sexual communication in general.

The authors examine NSFW practices of tagging and flagging on a range of social media platforms; online pornography and its dependence on technology; user-generated NSFW content—in particular, the dick pic and associated issues of consent, desire, agency, and social power; the deployment of risqué humor in the workplace; and sexist and misogynist online harassment that functions as an enforcer of inequalities. They argue against the categorical effacement of sexual content by means of an all-purpose hashtag and urge us to shift considerations of safety from pictorial properties to issues of context and consent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262043052
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,171,752
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. She is the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MIT Press) and Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press).

Kylie Jarrett is Head of the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, Ireland, and author of Feminism, Labour and Digital Media: The Digital Housewife.

Ben Light is Professor of Digital Society at the University of Salford, UK, and the author of Disconnecting with Social Networking Sites.

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NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media is a more thanbook. It opens up NSFW asmore thana homogenous category of offensive content, andhighlights that ourconcerns should be with much more than safety for work. NSFWreveals how sexuality continues to be entangled with governance—in this case on, of, and by social media platforms.”

Katrin Tiidenberg, Associate Professor of Visual Culture andSocial Media, Tallinn University, Estonia; author of Selfies: Why We Love (and Hate) Them

“Through a range of methods spanning the humanities, social sciences, and data science, Paasonen, Jarrett, and Light offer a sophisticated close reading of contemporary digital media cultures. Ranging from the attention economies of dating apps and social media platforms, to platform-based gig economies, to regulatory economies of digitally mediated workplaces,NSFWconsiders both the politics of commercial sexwork and everyday practices of sexual expression, asking whose bodies and feelings are definedunsafeand whose work is legitimated by platform governance and regulation practices.”

Kath Albury, Professor of Media and Communication at Swinburne University of Technology

“In NSFW, Paasonen, Jarrett, and Light draw on qualitative and quantitative methods to develop a critically engaged and multi-scalar discussion of an integral hashtag, cleaving a critical space in which they expose the ambiguous pleasures and politics nested within the term. A must-read for anyone interested in popular culture and social media.”

Sharif Mowlabocus, Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, University of Sussex

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