È uno “sporco lavoro”, ma qualcuna\o lo deve fare. Studiare il rapporto tra sesso, sessualità, e media digitali


  • Cosimo Marco Scarcelli Università degli Studi di Padova

Parole chiave:

genere, sessualità, media digitali


Sex and sexuality hold considerable social and political importance. With the ever more constant presence of digital media in our lives, the relationship between communication technologies, sex and sexuality has become a priority issue for policy makers and institutions, especially in regard to young people. Simultaneously and, in recent years, we have seen an increase in studies in the field of sex media (Attwood 2018), with a certain predominance of works from the psychological and medical fields. Nonetheless, there is a scarce quantity of work that focuses on what it means for researchers to work in this field. Recalling the concept of 'dirty work', this paper serves as a starting point for a broader discussion on what it means to study the relationship between (digital) media, sexuality and young people in sociology and media studies, in Italy. It pays particular attention to the recognition of this field of study within academia, teaching, research, phases of results publication and personal planning. This work also insists on the need for full recognition of the importance and value of studies that concern the perceptions, preferences, assumptions, and social and cultural conditions surrounding practices such as sexting, erotic chat, sharing sexually explicit photos, dating and searching for sexual information, among others.  This paper ultimately defines the main road that will allow sociology and media studies to take back territory that has long been the prerogative of medicine and psychology. In turn, this will provide educators, policy makers, health professionals and other stakeholders new tools to support the creation of gazes more inclined to understand than judge, with an eye to the political form of sexuality, the logic of the media and the sexual citizenship of young people.

Biografia autore

Cosimo Marco Scarcelli, Università degli Studi di Padova

Cosimo Marco Scarcelli è RTD-B presso il dipartimento di Filosofia, Sociologia, Pedagogia e Psicologia Applicata dell’Università degli Studi di Padova, dove insegna Nuovi Media e Digital Culture and Society. I suoi interessi di ricerca riguardano i media digitali con particolare attenzione a: genere, sessualità e intimità, culture giovanili e media education. Ha scritto Intimità Digitali (2015), Sociologia dei New Media (con Stella, Riva e Drusian, 2018), Vite Interconnesse (con Drusian e Magaudda, 2019) e Giovani e Social Media (con Bissaca e Cerulo, 2020). Ha pubblicato saggi su riviste e volumi nazionali e internazionali ed è stato principal editor del volume Gender and Sexuality in the European Media e associate editor di The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communication. È membro dell’editorial board di Journal of Gender Studies e della collana Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture di Routledge. Dal 2018 al 2021 è stato chair della sezione Gender, Sexuality and Communication di ECREA.




Come citare

Scarcelli, C. M. (2021). È uno “sporco lavoro”, ma qualcuna\o lo deve fare. Studiare il rapporto tra sesso, sessualità, e media digitali. Mediascapes Journal, (18), 16–28. Recuperato da https://rosa.uniroma1.it/rosa03/mediascapes/article/view/17723