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Student, dotter och eskort : om prostituerade kvinnors identitetsskapande på internet

Hegelund, Saga LU (2017) SOPA63 20162
School of Social Work
Abstract
Student, daughter and prostitute - prostituted women creating their identeties online

This study aims to understand how identity and the construction of identity occurs, the basis being online blogs written by women who sell, or have sold sexual favours. It aims to create an understanding of how women in their blogs define sexwork and define their identeties as “women who sell sex”. Sweden was the first country to criminalise the purchase of sexual favours but maintained the legality of the sale of sex in 1999. This was implementet due to the popular opinion that prostitution was a result of a patriarchal society and a sign of men's violence against women which has influenced the way women who sell sex in sweden view themselves and... (More)
Student, daughter and prostitute - prostituted women creating their identeties online

This study aims to understand how identity and the construction of identity occurs, the basis being online blogs written by women who sell, or have sold sexual favours. It aims to create an understanding of how women in their blogs define sexwork and define their identeties as “women who sell sex”. Sweden was the first country to criminalise the purchase of sexual favours but maintained the legality of the sale of sex in 1999. This was implementet due to the popular opinion that prostitution was a result of a patriarchal society and a sign of men's violence against women which has influenced the way women who sell sex in sweden view themselves and describe themselves as prostitutes. The material focused on in this study is sourced from blog posts written by 3 different women over the course of 1,5-2 years from 2010-2016. The material was collected over the Internet and is comprised of approximately 400 pages of text. The material is analysed with Goffman´s (1959) theory of creating identity in mind.
The results of this study show that all three women have similar backgrounds and points of views however they use the blogs very differently, and construct their identity around selling sex differently. Susanne uses the blog as a tool for coping with the negative and positive things that come with selling sex. She uses the blog to reflect on her life and what she is doing. It offers an intimate perspective on her thoughts and thought processes. Karins blog is written like a book, divided into chapters and has attributes akin to the work of an activist. It appears her aim is to dispel myths and create a new and individual views on prostitution as a phenomenon. Emmas blog is connected to her webpage and is often like an extension of said webpage. She uses the blog to create a picture of herself, her life and lifestyle to be seductive and alluring to the reader. Although the blogs differ substantially, and are used for different purposes they all bear similarities to each other. All three subjects appear to cope and deal with similar experiences. (Less)
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Hegelund, Saga LU
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SOPA63 20162
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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prostitution, sweden, internet, identity, blogs, online identety, identety creation
language
Swedish
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8900555
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2017-01-23 09:24:52
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  abstract     = {Student, daughter and prostitute - prostituted women creating their identeties online

This study aims to understand how identity and the construction of identity occurs, the basis being online blogs written by women who sell, or have sold sexual favours. It aims to create an understanding of how women in their blogs define sexwork and define their identeties as “women who sell sex”. Sweden was the first country to criminalise the purchase of sexual favours but maintained the legality of the sale of sex in 1999. This was implementet due to the popular opinion that prostitution was a result of a patriarchal society and a sign of men's violence against women which has influenced the way women who sell sex in sweden view themselves and describe themselves as prostitutes. The material focused on in this study is sourced from blog posts written by 3 different women over the course of 1,5-2 years from 2010-2016. The material was collected over the Internet and is comprised of approximately 400 pages of text. The material is analysed with Goffman´s (1959) theory of creating identity in mind. 
The results of this study show that all three women have similar backgrounds and points of views however they use the blogs very differently, and construct their identity around selling sex differently. Susanne uses the blog as a tool for coping with the negative and positive things that come with selling sex. She uses the blog to reflect on her life and what she is doing. It offers an intimate perspective on her thoughts and thought processes. Karins blog is written like a book, divided into chapters and has attributes akin to the work of an activist. It appears her aim is to dispel myths and create a new and individual views on prostitution as a phenomenon. Emmas blog is connected to her webpage and is often like an extension of said webpage. She uses the blog to create a picture of herself, her life and lifestyle to be seductive and alluring to the reader. Although the blogs differ substantially, and are used for different purposes they all bear similarities to each other. All three subjects appear to cope and deal with similar experiences.},
  author       = {Hegelund, Saga},
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  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Student, dotter och eskort : om prostituerade kvinnors identitetsskapande på internet},
  year         = {2017},
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