Confessing our sims : the construction of gender and sexuality among women ages 18-22 on MySpace. Public Deposited

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  • MySpace is a social network phenomenon with over 100 million profiles and a strong presence in over 24 countries. As digital media become more commonplace, social networks are becoming sites where women create and manage relationships and identities. This thesis is a study of how women ages 18-22 are constructing their gender and sexuality on the social network site MySpace. By using a rhetorical analysis of 58 MySpace profiles, this study identifies several themes, including the strong presence of horizontal hostility. Rather than functioning as a forum for women to challenge conventional gender roles, MySpace gives women an opportunity to perform femininity. These women are reinforcing the values associated with traditional femininity by competing for both social and romantic attentions in their autobiographical writings and profile photographs.
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