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Totally Straight: Contested sexual identities on social media site reddit

Robards, B ORCID: 0000-0001-5031-1235 2018 , 'Totally Straight: Contested sexual identities on social media site reddit' , Sexualities, vol. 21, no. 1-2 , pp. 49-67 , doi: 10.1177/1363460716678563.

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Abstract

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 sharinggay pornography amongst men who identity as straight. I draw on a small-scale study ofthe r/TotallyStraight subreddit, conducted over a period of three months. Analysisreveals that while r/TotallyStraight is largely used as a forum for sharing porn depictingmen, it also serves as a space for affirmation and sharing personal narratives relatedto contested ‘mostly straight’ sexual identities. The moderators of the subreddit, andthe users themselves, foster a supportive, non-judgemental discourse. It is argued thatthis phenomenon could be representative of broader cultural shifts towards less rigidlydefined sexual identities

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Robards, B
Keywords: Gay, heterosexual, homosexual, pornography, reddit, sexuality, social media, straight
Journal or Publication Title: Sexualities
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 1363-4607
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1363460716678563
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Copyright 2017 The Author

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