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

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

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Research Matter

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

Test Selection

So that you can examine identity construction on Tumblr, I selected an example of Tumblr bloggers by selecting 10 community-defined hashtags agent of this LGBTQIA spectrum: #gay, #girlswholikegirls, #bi, #ace, #queer, #lgbtq, #nonbinary, #gender fluid, #genderqueer, and #trans. These hashtags were selected since they’re commonly found whenever LGBTQIA that is browsing content Tumblr. Although we opted for tags on the basis of the LGBTQIA acronym, there’s absolutely 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.