Building realities less limited than their own : young people practising same sex attraction on the internet

Hillier, Lynne and Harrison, Lyn 2007, Building realities less limited than their own : young people practising same sex attraction on the internet, Sexualities : studies in culture and society, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 82-100.

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Title Building realities less limited than their own : young people practising same sex attraction on the internet
Author(s) Hillier, Lynne
Harrison, Lyn
Journal name Sexualities : studies in culture and society
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 82
End page 100
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1363-4607
1461-7382
Keyword(s) gay and lesbian community
internet
same-sex attraction
sexuality
young people
Summary The internet has met with mixed community reactions, especially when the focus is on young people's internet use. There are those who fear that the internet will introduce undesirable people and information into the home, leaving the young vulnerable and exploited. Alternatively, there are others who argue that the exclusion of young people from the internet is one of many examples of the diminishing public space that is made available to young people in this post-modern world. In this article we focus on the internet use of one ‘space deprived’ group of marginalized young people, those who are same-sex attracted. Regardless of some important changes in Australian culture and law, these young people's opportunities to openly live their sexual difference remain restricted. In this article we are interested in exploring the role of the internet as a space in which some important sexuality work can be done. What we found was that the internet was providing young people with the space to practise six different aspects of their sexual lives namely identity, friendship, coming out, intimate relationships, sex and community.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Socio Economic Objective 920413 Social Structure and Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Sage Publications Limited
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