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Dr Amy Dobson

Office of the Provost
Faculty of Humanities
Bentley Campus
08 9266 2341

Brief Summary

My research focuses on gender and sexuality in digital cultures and social media in particular. Current and recent research projects focus on young people’s social media use and digital self-representation, sexting and cybersafety education in schools, and female genital cosmetic surgery in Australia.

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Power, Politics and the Internet

Web Development Project

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Research Interests

  • Digital cultures and social media
  • Youth and girlhood studies
  • Femininity, postfeminist subjectivities
  • Sexualisation and raunch culture
  • Sexting

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Additional Information



  • Dobson, A.S. (2015). Postfeminist Digital Cultures: Femininity, Social Media, and Self-Representation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Mowat, H., McDonald, K., Dobson, A.S. & Kirkman, M. (2015). The contribution of online content to the promotion and normalisation of female genital consmetic surgery: a systematic review of the literature. BMC Women's Health 15: 110. DOI 10.1186/s12905-015-0271-5
  • Harris, A., Dobson, A.S., (2015). Theorizing agency in post-girlpower times. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 29(2): 145-156. doi: 10.1080/14681811.2015.1050486 (Special issue article, and editorship with Anita Harris. Issue theme: ‘Post-Girl Power: Globalised Mediated Femininities’.)
  • Dobson, A. S., & Ringrose, J. (2015). Sext Education: Pedagogies of sex, gender and shame in the schoolyards of Tagged and Exposed, Sex Education, 1-14. doi: 10.1080/14681811.2015.1050486  (special issue on gender)
  • Dobson, A. S. (2014). Performative shamelessness on young women’s social network sites: Shielding the self and resisting gender melancholia. Feminism & Psychology, 24(1), 97-114. doi: 10.1177/0959353513510651
  • Dobson, A.S. (2014). Laddishness online: The possible significations and significance of ‘performative shamelessness’ for young women in the post-feminist context. Cultural Studies, 28(1), 142-164. doi: 10.1080/09502386.2013.77889
  • Dobson, A.S. (2014) ‘Sexy’ and ‘laddish’ girls: unpacking complicity between two cultural imag(inations/)es of young femininity. Feminist Media Studies, 14(2), 253-269. doi: 10.1080/14680777.2012.713866
  • Dobson, A.S. (2012). ‘Individuality is everything’: ‘autonomous’ femininity in MySpace mottos and self-descriptions. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 26(3), 371-383. (Special issue on ‘Mediated Youth Cultures’)
  • Dobson, A.S. (2011). Hetero-sexy representation by young women on MySpace: The politics of performing an ‘objectified’ self’. Outskirts: Feminisms along the edge, 25(November). Available at:
  • Brown, D., Ubels, J., De Souza, N., Dobson, A., Collins, F., (2011). ‘Kisses under the starlight’: The performance of masculinities and Emo on MySpace. Reinvention: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, 4(2). Available at:

Book Chapters

  • Dobson, A.S., McDonald, K., Kirkman, M., Souter, K., & Fisher, J. (2017). Invisible labour? Tensions and ambiguities of modifying the ‘private’ body: the case of female genital cosmetic surgery. In A. S. Elias, R. Gill and C. Scharff, (Eds.) Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking beauty politics in neoliberalism (pp. 351-367).  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Dobson, A.S. (2017). Sexting in context: understanding gendered sexual media practices beyond inherent ‘risk’ and ‘harm’. (Invited contribution submitted for E. Martellozzo and E. Jane, Cybercrime and its Victims, Routledge.)
  • Kanai, A. & Dobson, A.S. (2015). Gender and digital media. In N. Naples, R.C. Hoogland, M. Wickramasinghe, and A. Wong (Eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Maryland: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Dobson, A.S. (2015). Girls’ ‘pain memes’ on YouTube: The production of pain and femininity in a digital network. In S. Baker, B. Robards, and B. Buttigieg, (Eds.) Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives (pp. 173-182). Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Dobson, A.S. (2011). The representation of female friendships on young women’s MySpace profiles: the all-female world and the feminine ‘other’. In E. Dunkels, G.M. Frånberg, and C. Hällgren,(Eds.) Youth Culture and Net Culture: Online Social Practices (pp. 126-152). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Dobson, A. S. (2008). Femininities as commodities: Cam girl culture. In A. Harris, (Ed.) Next Wave Cultures: Feminism, Subcultures, Activism (pp. 123-148). New York: Routledge.

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