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"Protection on that erection?": Discourses of accountability & compromising participation in digital sexual health

Wood, Matthew; Garbett, Andrew; Morrissey, Kellie; Hopkins, Peter; Balaam, Madeline

Authors

Matthew Wood

Andrew Garbett

Kellie Morrissey

Peter Hopkins

Madeline Balaam



Abstract

This paper analyses sexual health workers' 'talk' around their introduction of a digital platform to enhance a regionally managed condom distribution scheme for young people. In examining the discursive resources workers used in framing the sexual health service, their service users and digital technology, we argue that problematic ideologies around young people and sexuality were exercised and reproduced. Workers positioned themselves as the gatekeepers of young people's sexual health, who were in turn constructed as 'mischievous' and 'misguided', with technology having a corruptive role over what was considered to be 'healthy' and 'normal' sexual relationships. We suggest our findings indicate severe challenges in developing community-commissioned platforms alongside service providers, and questions how plausible user participation can be in attempting to conduct collaborative, participatory and engaged work in this context.

Citation

Wood, M., Garbett, A., Morrissey, K., Hopkins, P., & Balaam, M. (2018). "Protection on that erection?": Discourses of accountability & compromising participation in digital sexual health. In CHI '18: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. , (1-12). https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3174238

Conference Name Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Start Date Apr 21, 2018
End Date Apr 26, 2018
Acceptance Date Apr 21, 2018
Publication Date Apr 30, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 12, 2020
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Volume 2018-April
Pages 1-12
Book Title CHI '18: Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN 9781450356206
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3174238
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/5667384