Disturbing Hegemonic Discourse: Nonbinary Gender and Sexual Orientation Labeling on Tumblr1

Disturbing Hegemonic Discourse: Nonbinary Gender and Sexual Orientation Labeling on Tumblr1

Techniques and Data

Research Matter

During my initial browsing of Tumblr, We realized that there is a rather active, available, and vocal LGBTQIA community that challenged even personal notions of sex and sex. Therefore, whenever conceptualizing this research, we was many thinking about the ways Tumblr bloggers openly build their identities—often through labeling practices—and the implications of the construction that is open of identities. Consequently, we desired to resolve the next leading question: “In exactly what methods do LGBTQIA Tumblr bloggers build and discuss their sex and intimate orientation identities? ”

Sample Selection

So that you can examine identification construction on Tumblr, I selected an example of Tumblr bloggers by selecting 10 hashtags that are community-defined of the LGBTQIA spectrum: #gay, #girlswholikegirls, #bi, #ace, #queer, #lgbtq, #nonbinary, #gender fluid, #genderqueer, and #trans. These hashtags were chosen as they are commonly discovered whenever LGBTQIA that is browsing content Tumblr. Although we decided on tags on the basis of the LGBTQIA acronym, there’s no label for “lesbian” but alternatively “girlswholikegirls. ” I noted that, since Tumblr has an active Not Safe/Suitable for Work (NSFW) community (Tiidenberg, 2012, 2013, 2014a, 2014b), this search returned primarily pornography rather than posts generated by users who identified as lesbian when I first attempted to collect data under the #lesbian hashtag. Continue reading “Disturbing Hegemonic Discourse: Nonbinary Gender and Sexual Orientation Labeling on Tumblr1”