Dr Kath Albury (University of New South Wales).

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In the inaugural event of the Sociology Open Research series 2014-15, Kath Albury will be talking about sexting and sexuality. This paper draws on focus groups conducted with same-sex-attracted (SSA) young people to consider how ‘risks and consequences’ of sexting have been framed in relation to (heteronormative) understandings of sexed and gendered identity and behaviour. It argues that while the production and exchange of sexual images can be understood as an ‘ordinary’ (and as such, non-stigmatised) practice for some SSA young people, it presents particular challenges in terms of negotiating the legal and ethical boundaries of online and offline sexual cultures.