Michaela Lebedíková

Michaela Lebedíková
Masaryk University | MUNI · IRTIS - Interdisciplinary Research Team on Internet and Society

Master of Sociology
PhD student of media studies focusing on sexual exposure, sexting and well-being of adolescents

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Introduction
PhD student of Media and Journalism Studies, researching sexually explicit materials, sexting, adolescent's & well-being. Previous research focus on sexual scripts, young women and pornography. #pornstudies

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Publications (7)
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Building on the feminist ‘sex wars’ debate, content studies of pornography interpret orgasms in pornography to argue for sexual objectification, sexual agency, and unequal power distribution among men and women in porn. While male orgasms are easily coded, female orgasms pose a particularly tricky obstacle due to their ‘invisibility’. I investigate...
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BACKGROUND Smartphone ownership has increased among teens within the last decade, with up to 89% of adolescents owning a smartphone and through it engaging daily with the online world. Although the results of recent meta-analyses suggest that engaging digital technology plays only a small role in adolescent wellbeing, parents, professionals, and po...
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In alignment with the feminist "sex wars", sexual objectification and sexual agency are considered to be opposites that exclude each other. I used the sexual script theory to perform a qualitative content analysis of the five most-watched heterosexual porn videos in the Czech Republic on Pornhub. The study shows that although sexual objectification...
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In this paper I explain how the processes of immediacy and hypermediacy operate on not only the level of the form of the media, but also on the level of the content. Firstly, I introduce Bolter and Grusin’s approach to remediation, hypermediacy and immediacy and I explain how these concepts are related to analysing virtual reality pornography. I br...
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This is a report from the Porn Studies section of MAGIS Spring School, 2019, Gorizia (Italy). Published in Gender a výzkum / Gender and Research, 20(1): 189-192. ISSN (online): 2570-6586.
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Until recently, it has generally been expected that people in pornographic videos are either sexual agents or sexually objectified: nothing between. On the one hand there is radical feminism with its anti-pornographic stance, calling for censorship of pornography which objectifies women; and on the other hand there is individualistic feminism, clai...

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The project aims to develop a complex evidence-based theory depicting the impacts of technology usage on physical, psychological, and social well-being of adolescents aged 11 to 18. Innovative research methods based on the software using artificial intelligence will be developed. The FUTURE project will develop a complex integrative theory depicting the short- and long- term impacts of technology usage on adolescents’ physical, psychological, and social well-being. We will integrate theories from diverse fields, notably media studies, psychology, and health. The project will develop prospective models what will help to understand and predict future impacts of technology on well-being. The theory development will be based on empirical data from: 1) existing research 2) 3-wave longitudinal study 3) series of experimental studies 4) intense data collections with the support of innovative research tools.
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Building on the feminist “sex wars” debate, content studies of pornography interpret orgasms in pornography to argue for sexual objectification, sexual agency, and unequal power distribution among men and women in porn. While male orgasms are easily coded because of the visible male ejaculation, female orgasms pose a particularly tricky obstacle due to their ‘invisibility’ and possible inauthenticity. This project aims to map the ways in which female orgasms were coded and assess the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.
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It is no secret that the rapid growth of the internet enabled widespread consumption of pornography, which is higher and higher. Explicit sexual material is accessible within a few seconds. Although pornography is a widespread phenomenon, its influence on human sexuality has not yet been researched enough. Numerous studies inform about the link between sexually explicit materials and the ways people experience their sexuality. The past studies traditionally explore the influence of pornography on sexual scripts quantitatively with focus on male sexual scripts (Braithwaite et al. 2015; Bridges et al. 2016; Sun et al. 2016; Weinberg et al. 2009). There is a lack of information on sexual scripts of women and in comparison with men, almost no qualitative data. This work stems from the theory of sexual scripts by Simon & Gagnon (1973). Sexual scripts are the ways of sexual conduct, and they consist of three layers: the cultural, the interpersonal, and the intrapsychic. On the cultural level, people gain clues about what is sexual. On the interpersonal level, they resolve sexual encounters according to societal standards. The intrapsychic level is a space for one's fantasies. The authors believe that sexual scripts are not permanent and are, in fact, shaped by many external factors: one of them is the consumption of sexually explicit materials, which, for example, leads to higher number of sexual partners (Braithwaite et al. 2015) or to a desire to try new sexual practices (Sun et al. 2016). This exploratory study aims to answer the following questions: Does the consumption of porn alter young women's notions of ideal sexual activity? If yes, then how? Do young women feel that pornography is normative and that they should hold up to its standards, or do they see pornography as separated from their sexual conduct? The answers will be collected by semi-structured online form, consisting of several parts. This method was suggested by Paasonen (2018). Such procedure minimizes embarrassment caused by the presence of the interviewer and also allows the respondents to take as much time as needed, in the comfort and intimacy of the place of their choosing. The sample will consist of heterosexual women, aged 18-26, attending university (as Buzzell 2005 noted, this age-group consumes the most porn in comparison with others), while it will seek to find diversity in the consumption of porn, the number of partners and relationship status. Ideally, the sample will consist of 25-35 women, taking into account the saturation of research aims. Even though the self-selection will cause bias, I firmly believe that this study will gain many insights into young women's sexual conduct.