HOW DO SOCIAL CONTEXTS SHAPE GENDER AND SEXUALITY?

{Social Media, Self-Presentation, and Digital Harassment} It has become increasingly clear that while online contexts hold potential for inclusivity, they are also sites where inequalities can be reinforced. My research explores the ways in which new media technologies mirror, magnify, and complicate self-presentation strategies for people at various intersections of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity/race.  I have extended this scholarship in my research documenting psychological consequences associated with managing sexual identities while online; more recently, my work attends to men’s motivations for perpetrating gender-based harassment in social media contexts.

{Social Contexts and Sexuality} Gender and sexuality are not just personal identities; instead, they are social identities that arise from our relationships to other people and our relationships to environments.My research demonstrates that social norms around gender and sexuality influence sexual decision-making (e.g., engagement in casual sex), attitudes towards mainstream relationship institutions (i.e., monogamy), and psychological health outcomes for sexual minority populations (e.g., experiences of sexual stigma, prejudice and discrimination). 

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