Mobile masculinities: An investigation of networked masculinities in gay dating apps Masculinidades móviles: Una investigación de masculinidades en red en las gay dating apps

Abstract

This study argues that hegemonic masculinity is still prevalent as well as conciliatory to inclusive masculinity when applied to networked masculinities in homosexual spaces. The authors contend hegemonic masculinity is a macro-level process that informs micro-level processes of inclusive masculinity. Employing a textual analysis of 500 individual profiles in gay dating apps (Scruff, GROWLr, GuySpy and Hornet), findings indicate networked masculinities are informed by the two concepts. A resulting process of “mascing” is created and introduced in this study. Mascing in gay males to reinforces their own masculinity, while also maintaining masculine norms by seeking out masculine partners. The process is a form of policing that reinforces a masculine elite within the gay dating app community.

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Keywords

Digital spaces, Gay dating apps, Hegemonic masculinity, Inclusive masculinity, Mascing, Mobile, Networked masculinities, Textual analysis

Citation

Rodriguez, N.S., Huemmer, J., & Blumell, L.E.. 2016. Mobile masculinities: An investigation of networked masculinities in gay dating apps Masculinidades móviles: Una investigación de masculinidades en red en las gay dating apps. Masculinities and Social Change, 5(3). https://doi.org/10.17583/MCS.2016.2047

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