School of Law

Ksenia Bakina

Postgraduate Research Student


Thesis Title

Legal Responses to Online Revenge Pornography: A Postmodern Feminist Analysis


Professor Lizzie Barmes and Professor Anne Flanagan.

Summary of Research

This thesis examines the contemporary phenomenon of online revenge pornography and analyses possible legal responses, focussing on the United Kingdom legal system. Revenge pornography is proliferating and the harms it causes to individuals and society at large are growing, yet the most effective legal approach to this practice is unclear. Research into this state of affairs is urgent because of the wide-ranging negative consequences it is producing. In particular, online revenge porn has a detrimental impact on individual victims, for example leading to them become depressed and to withdraw from the public sphere. It also re-enforces gendered stereotypes of sexual shame as well as conventional ideas about masculinity and femininity. The thesis reviews current and proposed legal responses to online revenge porn in the UK, including those from criminal, privacy, data protection and intellectual property law. Through analysis in light of postmodern feminist theory, it provides a new way of interpreting the practice of online revenge porn, illuminating the regulatory dilemmas it presents in ways that traditional liberal, neo-liberal or other feminist approaches overlook.


Ksenia completed her LLB (Hons) and her LLM in Public International Law (Distinction) at Queen Mary University.  She was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 2011. Ksenia has previously been awarded an LLM Scholarship from Queen Mary University of London, a Private International Law Scholarship from The Hague Academy of International Law and a Major Scholarship from the Inner Temple. Ksenia commenced her PhD in September 2013 having been awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.