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A Maria da Penha law for the Internet? Gender, sexuality , violence, and Internet in the debates about revenge porn

Grant number: 17/18386-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 15, 2017
Effective date (End): May 14, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Heloisa Buarque de Almeida
Grantee:Beatriz Accioly Lins de Almeida
Supervisor: Daniel Miller
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University College London (UCL), England  
Associated to the scholarship:15/03866-4 - A Maria da Penha Law for the internet? Gender, sexuality, violence, and internet in the debates about revenge porn, BP.DR


This research aims to reflect on the discussions about "revenge porn": improper disclosure of intimate and/or erotic content. I propose to follow how the category has been defined in different contexts in which it is deployed; scrutinizing the symbolic disputes at stake in its construction and in attempts to turn "revenge porn" into a new facet of violence against women, as well as a criminal classification covered by the Maria da Penha Law. It is in this sense, I intend to understand the debates about "revenge porn" as articulators of "sexuality limits" (Gregori, 2008) that involve expansion and restriction of sexual normativities, the defining of boundaries between abusive and desired, and the articulation of conventions regarding gender and sexual norms.

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