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Special Aspects of Sexual Education in Russian Online Media Sphere

ФИО студента: Bolataeva Alina

Руководитель: Oksana Moroz

Кампус/факультет: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Программа: Journalism (Bachelor)

Год защиты: 2021

The academic paper is dedicated to the topic of sexual education in Russia in the context of digital platforms. Nowadays a Russian citizen has shortage of knowledge about sex and sexuality due to the situation of the actual lack of relevant information in educational institutions or government’s educational plans and at home. It is obvious that nowadays in Russian society there are many stereotypes about sex and sexual practices, sexually transmitted diseases, etc. In this situation the Internet becomes almost the only available source of knowledge about sex for the average Russian citizen. This paper examines four different online media projects that offer high-quality content on topics of sexual education (Ekaterina Krongauz's podcast "Stories of Russian Sex", the online publication Wonderzine, Tatiana Nikonova's blog "Nikonova. Online" and the interactive online project Badoo Hotline). Tasks of the research are following: to explore fundamentally recent research papers related to sexual education in the digital environment; to study the history of sexual education in Russia; to conduct a discourse analysis of the materials published in the framework of the cases under consideration; to conduct a series of interviews with the authors/curators of online media projects under consideration as a case of the academic work. Based on the data obtained during analysis the special aspects of sexual education in Russian online media sphere were highlighted. Through the analysis carried out using a set of methods, we confirmed the hypothesis of the study, according to which the cultural, social and political processes taking place in the Russian public space have an impact on the construction of the discourse about sex, which, in turn, creates differences between the Russian sex discourse and the Eurocentric one. At the same time, the method of submitting information is determined by the format of the project, the tasks set by the author, and the technical capabilities and limitations of the site where the project is located. In the academic important vectors were outlined, based on which it is possible to track how the conversation about sex is constructed in the Russian online media space, what tools are used for the conversation about sex, as well as what features are present in the considered cases as representatives of the four formats of online projects under consideration. The results of the academic work can be used as a source of information for the creation of journalistic articles, scientific lectures and courses. In addition, the authors of potential projects on similar topics can refer to the results of the study. It will help them to understand profoundly the specifics of Russian sexual education conducted using the tools of digital projects.

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