The Digital Age and Sexuality

J’ai Tue Ma Mere

Sexuality. Wow. Dirty word. Dirty word on a college blog. Oh grow up. Sexuality, the emotional capacity for sexual feelings, is a natural thing that the majority of people experience. For years sexual expression and actually discussion of human sexuality was seen as taboo. But now in the digital age the general public and to a greater extent teenagers have the ability to access a large cave of information regarding their own sexuality which they wouldn’t have been able to access previously. The digital age is often defined by the wealth of information people can access and as a massive open place where people can spread ideas. Sexuality ties into both of these areas.

One blog on Tumblr The Sex Uneducated offers advice on sex education. It utilises various multimedia techniques to present the best advice to readers. These include a gif set which shows fertilisation through animation. As well as this it focuses primarily on STI’s and queer issues in the sexual spectrum. Another blog, AP Sex Education dispels common rumours teenagers believe about sex and sexuality. Tumblr as a whole contains posts in everyday language that gives quick advice on sexuality. This includes common myth such as genitalia size, orgasm statistics, and condoms. One post illustrates the social construction of virginity as a heteronormative concept, which means that virginity only refers to male and female sex which doesn’t contribute to homosexual activities due to different nature.

The rise of improved media and digital outlets means scientists can easily give give their ideas and findings to the masses. Dazed & Confused a magazine primarily focusing on youth culture often includes articles on the newest philosophy on sexuality. These articles appeal to a large demo graph and as a result digital media allows a much larger group to engage in these ideas. One article states that sex will be recreational by 2050 . The creator of the morning after pill Carl Djerassi reports that sex will be completely recreational in the future. Sex according to him will not be needed for heterosexual reproduction as women “will choose IVF in the future” effectively making sex purely for recreational purposes. Another article illustrates nee evidence of the gay gene. The long debated controversy of the origin and the ‘realness’ of the gay gene has been brought to a new forefront and audience with the help of digital media. This effectively allows young teenagers who are questioning their own sexuality to embrace their inner selves for who they truly are.

Finally the digital age and new digital media allows for a proper representation of sexuality. Many tv show’s and films are portraying sexuality in a realistic light. The Netflix original tv show ‘Orange is The New Black’ is groundbreaking in terms of portraying female sexuality in an accurate way. The once taboo subject of homosexual sexuality is being embraced by prime time tv as shown in shows such as ‘How to Get Away With Murder’. We see these once taboo acts presented as ordinary, namely shown to be the same as the heteronormative opposite. French Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan portrays homosexual and transsexual sexuality as the ordinary in his films most notably being Laurence Anyways and J’ai Tue Ma Mere, the second gained popularity for it’s now infamous sex scene.

The rise of the digital age changed the way we think and embrace our own sexuality for the better. Information regarding everything is freely available without the rumours that can spread among friends. As well as this information about virginity and casual sex are changing people’s views of the taboo nature of human sexuality.

“Where there was once tension, there is immediate gratification; where there was sexual discovery and experimentation, there is the blunt, dullness of online porn. Love is still all around us, but it’s not physical, it’s not even chemical – it’s digital”.

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