‘I Sort of Knew What I Was, So I Wanted to See What Awaited Me’: Portuguese LGB Youngsters and Their Situated Experiences with New Media

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... Within the context of the co-optation of public discourse by media and moral panic (Fahs et al. 2013), internet becomes mainly represented as a hazard for normative sexual development that is expected of young people. This, in turn, erases or obscures how, for many young people, new media can serve as a lifeline out of heteronormativity or cisnormativity and a way to negotiate non-normative sexualities, access sexual health information, access activist spaces and share spaces for personal experiences (Cardoso 2017b, Scarcelli 2015. ...
... It is also here where a particular difference between LGB and non-LGB youngsters can be seengiven society's compulsory heterosexuality (Rich 2007), information for queer adolescents is much sparser and communitybuilding much more important. In fact, some of them treated pornography as a source of informationnot about performance or bodies but about the validity itself of their emotions and desires, the only place where they felt represented, even if sometimes poorly (Cardoso 2017b, Cardoso & Ponte 2017. ...
... Thus, pornography does function as education-but only when considering when, where, for whom, and on what can we derive any meaningfully situated and contextual conclusions and, on occasion, even realize that "watching/reading porn" can sometimes fuse with civic engagement, information seeking, and other modes of being in and through media (Cardoso, 2017b). In a more general sense, pornography can and does function as education just as any other media registry of any kind can and does-but it is often considered as standing apart from other media content, and is often at the center of media panics. ...
As a media category whose social and cultural role is heavily contested, pornography is often framed as a threat to sexual mores, to cultural propriety, and gender equality, and the savior of the same elements. In both perspectives, pornography is seen as educational—both in the emancipatory and in the regressive sense of the word. The way pornography functions —and does not function—as education is discussed, as are the implications of each perspective, the presuppositions around what pornography is and does, and how to go beyond simplistic “media effects” models in favor of a situated look at the available media and cultural resources that are available to various people in different ways. This different outlook can help foster gender and sexual diversity, but does not guarantee it.
... Assim, através da intersecionalidade, questionamos neste trabalho o papel que a pertença a determinados grupos sociais, em cruzamento com o uso da internet, pode ter na compreensão da importância da participação cívica online sobre cidadania íntima, nos discursos e razões sobre a (não-)participação, e em como tudo isso se liga à autoapresentação e performatividade de género e de orientação sexual, nas onze pessoas entrevistadas. A pertinência deste trabalho justifica-se pela relevância que, de acordo com a investigação existente, a internet tem para grupos sociais discriminados em questões de cidadania íntima, em especial junto de pessoas jovens (Gray et al. 2005; Banaji e Buckingham 2013; Szulc e Dhoest 2013; Nodin, Carballo-Diéguez, e Leal 2014;Tiidenberg 2015;Cardoso 2017).assim, nem todas as pessoas entrevistadas reportaram práticas de participação cívica, ainda que entendida da forma mais abrangente detalhada acima. ...
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Resumo Este artigo parte de um trabalho exploratório sobre como pessoas jovens, em Portu-gal, usam e pensam os novos media na construção da sua subjetividade, no campo do ati-vismo online em questões ligadas com a cidadania íntima. Usa-se o conceito de interseciona-lidade para compreender como esta atividade é interpretada ou moralmente valorizada por pessoas em diferentes interseções de posições sociais. A partir de onze entrevistas a jovens residentes em Portugal, trabalhadas através de Análise Foucauldiana de Discurso, preten-demos aqui compreender como estas pessoas entendem os potenciais problemas deste uso dos novos media, considerando as interseções entre cidadania, género e sexualidade. Abstract Gender, Sexuality and Online Activism: An intersectional look at the role of civic engagement by portuguese youth This paper results from an exploratory work about how youngsters living in Portu-gal use and think about new media in the process of constructing their subjectivity when it comes to engaging in online activism in the area of intimate citizenship. We employ intersectionality here to understand how this activity is interpreted or morally valued by people in different intersecting social positions. From eleven interviews conducted with youngsters residing in Portugal, analyzed through Foucauldian Discourse Analysis, we seek to understand how these people comprehend the potentialities and problems that come from using new media, considering the intersections between citizenship, gender and sexuality.
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