Now Open: Defining Sexual Liberation For Filipino Female Millennials On Twitter

Abstract

Adorable, P.M. (2019). Now Open?: Defining Sexual Liberation For Filipino Female Millennials On Twitter, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis, University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

Female sexual liberation is being operationalized in a new, unique way with the advent of new media such as Twitter. Through this study, I describe the practice, exercise, and discourse surrounding sexual liberation of Filipino female millennials on Twitter, as well as the social context that surrounds them as a group and as individuals. I then theorize the concept and form a descriptive account of sexual liberation as understood, expressed and experienced by Filipino female millennials on Twitter and the social situation and features that characterize and complicate it. To do this, I employed multi-sited ethnography by conducting in-depth interviews and direct observation of online posts and made use of grounded theory and situational analysis to build upon these findings and come up with a viable descriptive account of sexual liberation for Filipino female millennials on Twitter. I found that in these women’s exercise of sexual liberation on Twitter, they are able to push boundaries and represent a much wider array of female sexualities like never before. However, it largely remains to be an individual movement, that still evidently panders to traditional structures. That said, freedom of sexual expression is an important aspect of female sexual liberation, and is a step towards the ideal of freedom of sexual choice for all women across the board.

Keywords: sexual liberation, female sexuality, twitter, feminism, multi-sited ethnography, grounded theory, situational analysis

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