Disturbing Hegemonic Discourse: Nonbinary Gender and Sexual Orientation Labeling on Tumblr

Disturbing Hegemonic Discourse: Nonbinary Gender and Sexual Orientation Labeling on Tumblr

Abstract

In this specific article, We examine lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) Tumblr bloggers’ bio bins and “About Me” pages to exhibit the methods sex and orientation that is sexual are built through community-regulated and community-generated labeling techniques. Tumblr encourages counter-cultures (and labeling practices) to not just form but also to flourish because of its distinctive affordances including tagging and weblog formatting. This informative article examines not just just just how these affordances form usage and, later, identification construction on Tumblr but in addition the real ways that Tumblr bloggers have actually embraced affordances to produce community-accepted conventions of identification construction. Furthermore, building upon online identification scholarship by Bargh, McKenna, and Fitzsimons and Tiidenberg, this informative article talks about self that is true nonbinary sex and intimate orientation labeling as kinds of identification construction enabling LGBTQIA determining people a technique for nuanced explanations of emotions and desires. Nevertheless, definately not perfect, these labeling methods are grounded in hegemonic female/male, feminine/masculine binary discourse. In a Foucauldian feeling, bloggers build discourse within current energy structures that ignore or erase LGBTQIA as intimate “abnormalities. ” These labeling practices can be a useful starting point for conversations about genders and sexualities that lie outside of the hegemonic binary although it is nearly impossible to fully break away from the dominant discourse. Continue reading “Disturbing Hegemonic Discourse: Nonbinary Gender and Sexual Orientation Labeling on Tumblr”