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Totally Straight: Contested sexual identities on social media site reddit


Robards, B, Totally Straight: Contested sexual identities on social media site reddit, Sexualities, 21, (1-2) pp. 49-67. ISSN 1363-4607 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1363460716678563


This article is centred on a case study of the ‘Totally Straight’ (r/TotallyStraight) ‘subreddit’ on social media site reddit. r/TotallyStraight serves as a web forum for sharing gay pornography amongst men who identity as straight. I draw on a small-scale study of the r/TotallyStraight subreddit, conducted over a period of three months. Analysis reveals that while r/TotallyStraight is largely used as a forum for sharing porn depicting men, it also serves as a space for affirmation and sharing personal narratives related to contested ‘mostly straight’ sexual identities. The moderators of the subreddit, and the users themselves, foster a supportive, non-judgemental discourse. It is argued that this phenomenon could be representative of broader cultural shifts towards less rigidly defined sexual identities

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:gay, heterosexual, homosexual, pornography, reddit, sexuality, social media, straight
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Communication technology and digital media studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:Robards, B (Dr Brady Robards)
ID Code:111115
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-08-31
Last Modified:2019-03-04

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