[IRP] Sharing our research on sexuality and the internet

Jac sm Kee jac
Thu Aug 11 10:27:14 EEST 2011

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Hello all,

Very happy to share with you the publication of APC's 3-year research
study on sexuality and the internet called EROTICS. It provides
interesting insights, experiences and analysis on the right to public
participation, expression and self-determination and how it links to
sexuality and internet regulation. And also refers to the IRP charter :)

Would be really great if you can help disseminate it to your partners,
friends and networks and very sorry for cross-posting. Hope you enjoy
reading through some of it, and it helps to raise some interesting
questions and insights.

Looking forward to your thoughts around it, and thanks again for helping
to spread the word :)


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*GENDER CENTRED: A GenderIT.org thematic bulletin*
APC WNSP - GenderIT.org
10 August 2011
EROTICS: Sex, rights and the net - Part 2
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I. THOUGHTS AROUND...Erotica and the internet from the feminist perspective
II. FEMINIST TALKS: EROTICS snapshots by GenderIT.org bloggers
IV. FLASHBACK: Edition Part 1 - Articles and analysis
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What's the connection between sexuality and the internet? Why is
internet censorship often accompanied by regulation of sexualities? How
do people in different parts of the world use the internet in the
exercise of sexual rights? After 3 years of interrogation into the
politics of sexuality and the internet, the EROTICS research is out!
Read the full study findings, commentaries & reflections on part 2 of
the "EROTICS: Sex, rights and the net" GenderIT.org edition.

* EROTICS full research report:

* EROTICS: Sex, rights and the net - Part 1:

* More on the EROTICS project: http://erotics.apc.org

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I. THOUGHTS AROUND...*Erotica and the internet from a feminist perspective*
by Mabel Bianco, the president and founder of the Foundation for Study
and Research on Women, Argentina

Mabel Bianco accounts what the experience of researching and examining
issues of sexuality in the internet mean to her and her organization -
the Foundation for Study and Research on Women (FEIM): " Personally, I
have always worked, studied, researched and written on sexuality,
especially in women from childhood to old age, but regarding the effect
on their lives and reproduction. Never before had I personally explored
the intersection between the form of communication enabled by internet
and sexuality, how this affects and impacts the lives of women."

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II. FEMINIST TALKS: EROTICS snapshots by GenderIT.org bloggers

Get intimate with the EROTICS research findings through a series of
posts by the GenderIT bloggers and the EROTICS team. They provide a
window into the rich and complex universe of the 3-year EROTICS project.

*Brazil: An ethnographic approach - mapping sexuality on Orkut*
Flavia Fascendini explores two communities on the Orkut social
networking site on sexuality: one is a forum for anti-lesbian prejudice,
and the second is a community aimed at legitimising romantic
relationships between adults and adolescents. Both groups were studied
as the part of the Brazilian EROTICS research project that focused on
mapping the dynamic and complex policy shifts on internet regulation
debates in Brazil.

*India: Government should get out of the way*
The net has often been portrayed by the media in India as "being a lair
of sexual predators". Grady looks at some of the contradictions between
policy and practice that were revealed by the EROTICS research in India,
which explored the ways that young women negotiate risks online as they
strategically use the internet to explore, define and challenge
boundaries of gender and sexual norms.

*USA: EROTICS responses to the Denver library*
Tapping the groundbreaking findings of the US EROTICS report that
investigated the mandated internet filtering in publicly-funded
libraries, Flavia Fascendini leads a fictional dialogue with the Denver
Public Library FAQ on content regulation.

*Internet in South Africa is more than meets the eye*
Grady gives a glimpse into the final research of the EROTICS research in
South Africa that explored lesbians and transgender people use of the
Internet, and how content regulation measures can constrain the
internet's democratising and empowering potential for LGBTI persons in
the country.

*Lebanon: Free speech is a gateway crime*
The recent controversy surrounding the Gay Girl in Damascus (who turned
out to be anything but) has this blogger scratching his head. Why are we
all so focused on how MacMaster misled us, and not on the real issue?

*Thanks for All the Cash*
Maya Ganesh shares her experience at the VIII International Association
for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society Conference (IASSCS) at a
presentation about sexual rights activism in the middle east.

*Online pornography and sex education*
Kevicha Echols reflects on porn literary and sex education for young
people at a IASSCS session, comparing the sharings with what she
discovered through the EROTICS research in the US.

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*EROTICS: Sex, rights and the internet - an exploratory research study*
How is the internet a key public sphere for the struggle for sexual
citizenship and the exercise of sexual rights? What is its value to a
diversity of users, especially those most marginalised or discriminated
against because of their sexual, gender or other forms of social
identity? Why do arguments for the regulation of the internet anchor on
the moral imperative to regulate sexuality? Who are the key actors
influencing processes of decision making, and what are the ways in which
the potentially liberatory impact of the internet is being constricted
and narrowed? The 3 year EROTICS research project delves into the
complex world of sexuality and internet regulation, and uncovers
interesting insights to these questions from Brazil, India,
Lebanon, South Africa and the US. The full research findings and a
synthesis chapter is presented in this report.

Check out other EROTICS publications:

*EROTICS Summary Report*, Jac sm Kee et al, 2011

*EROTICS Policy Review*, Mabel Bianco and Andrea Mari?o, 2009

*EROTICS Literature Review*, Manjima Bhattacharjya and Maya Indira Ganesh,
2009 www.genderit.org/sites/default/upload/APCEROTICS_LiteratureReview.pdf

*Media Brief: Censorship, sexuality and the internet*, 2010

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EROTICS Edition Part 1 - Articles and analysis

*Sex and the net - It starts with rights* (editorial)
Jac sm Kee introduces the context of internet regulation in the face of
gender and sexual inequality and discrimination, and the existing key
gaps in evidence-based policy development that is grounded on the
perspective of a diversity of users who turn to the internet in the
exercise of their sexual rights that EROTICS aims to meet.

*Lebanon and USA: Where is the line for sex on the internet?*
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza speaks with EROTICS researchers Melissa Hope
Ditmore and Kevicha Echols as well as LGBT activist Nadine Moawad about
the effect that filtering and censorship have on sexual expression and
access to information, particularly for youth and LGBT persons.

*EROTICS raises fascinating new questions*
As the EROTICS project comes to a close, Grady Johnson asked sexual
rights activists and academics to share their thoughts about the
research findings and its potential impact.

*EROTICS in Brazil: The complex universe of sexuality on the internet*
In this interview with Flavia Fascendini, the EROTICS Brazil team talked
about their participation as an opportunity to address the nuanced
impact of new internet legislation on sexuality in the country.

*India and South Africa:  The hidden story of sex on the internet*
The EROTICS research in India revealed that sex on the internet includes
a vibrant ecosystem of individuals sharing and discovering their
sexuality online, and a space for sexual and identity rights activists
to organise and advocate for change. Esther Nasikye speaks to Manjima
Bhattacharjya (EROTICS India) and Prof. Jeanne Prinsloo and Nyx McLean
(EROTICS South Africa) on their experiences and findings.

*New research on sexuality and the internet is an 'eye-opener'*
Gus Hossein of Privacy International speaks candidly on this video
interview with Karen Higgs of APC on his take on EROTICS, and its value
and impact to advocacy work on privacy rights. Republished from apc.org

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