Session Abstract: The internet is a valuable and site for articulations of sexualities through porn sites, dating applications, and other related social media networks. In porn sites, dating applications, and online communities, people seek intimacy and sexual pleasure, express sexual fantasies, and build collectives that foster sexual consciousness. Sexual cultures in digital spaces in East and Southeast Asian countries have not yet been adequately considered even if articulations of sexuality in the internet thrive here. These locales have distinct technological, legal, economic, cultural, and moral frameworks that extensively influence sexualities and uses of internet to express sexual practices, desires, and identities. In bringing together scholars from various disciplines and countries, this panel aims to propose new perspectives on the relationship between the internet and sexuality. Drawing from various theoretical orientations, this panel seeks to understand the role of the internet in emerging forms and modes of articulations of sexuality in East/Southeast Asia. It also analyzes the various local and transnational political, economic, cultural, and/or technological frameworks that inform articulations of sexuality in the internet. This panel suggests that the internet provides various opportunities for expressions of sexuality. But these opportunities are in constant tension with various political, economic, technological, and cultural conditions that affect articulations of sexuality in various ways. This constant tension, the panel argues, has implications on modalities and forms of expressions of sexuality, as well as on sexual politics in general.
Paper Presenter: Ruepert Jiel D. Cao – Hong Kong Baptist University
Paper Presenter: Ting-Fai Yu – Monash University Malaysia
Paper Presenter: Katrien Jacobs – Chinese University of Hong Kong