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How Queerness Goes Online: Intersectional Perspectives on Digital Sociality

How Queerness Goes Online: Intersectional Perspectives on Digital Sociality
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Author(s): Ian Callahan (University at Albany, SUNY, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 20
Source title: Research Anthology on Inclusivity and Equity for the LGBTQ+ Community
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-3674-5.ch009

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Abstract

In this chapter, the author challenges the commonsense claim that the internet provides equally accessible resources that are free from stigma, prejudice, or discrimination. Through the stories of university students in their own words, this intersectional analysis explores how the internet certainly offers substantial benefits to queer and nonconforming youth; however, interpersonal bias and systems of oppression pervade online forms of communication and social media applications. Additionally, the author troubles the notion that the internet is experienced as a ‘safe space' for anonymous or uninhibited explorations of queer identity. In fact, despite the internet's practical affordances of identity work, there are severe limits to tolerance and inclusion in online sociality, and because of this, doing queer identity work online has the potential to exacerbate the isolating effects of homophobia and discrimination.

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