Sexting pleasures: Young people, fun, flirtation, and child pornography

Thomas Crofts, Murray Lee, Alyce McGovern, Sanja Milivojevic

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Public concern has escalated in recent years over young people using digital media technologies to produce or distribute sexually explicit images of themselves. This chapter reports on a large-scale survey of young people’s perceptions of and motivations for ‘sexting’. It argues that young people who engage in sexting largely do so for reasons of romance and pleasure and that even where overt coercion and pressure are involved, the motivation is rarely if ever the production or distribution of child pornography. If harms associated with sexting are to be minimised, discursive frameworks for understanding sexting as child pornography require rethinking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYouth, Technology, Governance, Experience
Subtitle of host publicationAdults Understanding Young People
EditorsLiam Grealy, Catherine Driscoll, Anna Hickey-Moody
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351112673
ISBN (Print)9780367486983, 9780815362319
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameYouth, Young Adulthood and Society


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