Gender, Pressure, Coercion and Pleasure: Untangling Motivations for Sexting Between Young People

Murray Lee, Thomas Crofts

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Abstract

What has been problematically termed ‘sexting’ has attracted considerable legal, political, public, media and academic attention. Concern has focused on sexting between young people who may experience emotional and reputational damage and are at risk of being charged with child abuse or pornography offences in many jurisdictions. Recent research has rightly highlighted sexting’s gendered dynamics. Accordingly, a discourse has developed that imagines the common sexting scenario involves girls feeling pressured into sending boys sexual images. This article develops an analytic framework of pressure and critically reviews research into sexting. It suggests that while such scenarios occur, they do not reflect the experiences expressed by the majority of girls who actually engage in sexting, who are more likely to express motivations associated with pleasure or desire.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-473
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume55
Issue number3
Early online date3 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Externally publishedYes

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