Erick Gómez (UOC, Barcelona)
BSc in Psychology and MA in Communications, is a PhD candidate at the Knowledge and Information Society Programme (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain). His research is focused on bodies, identities and representations of self and sexuality in MSM dating sites and apps. He is now collaborating with the Gender and Diversity program in the Human Rights Ministry at Manaus (Brazil), with previous experience in the UNAIDS Ecuador mission, and with youth population at risk for drug abuse in Mexico City. He is a member of the Research Group Mediaccions@Digital Culture (IN3).
Virtual masculinities: gender and politics embodiment
As the internet has become an active, stable and permanent way for communication and social interaction, it is now a suitable way to explore if (and how) the body and self presentations are used for representing gender and identity, not just as personal expression but also for political purposes.
As part of an ongoing qualitative research about self presentations and sexual representations, through the following of blogs and personal profiles on social web sites and apps, this proposal aims to show the different ways in which the body is used as object and also as subject for representing cultural meanings, socio-sexual positions, gender, identity and masculinity issues.
For this purpose three different platforms have been explored: Grindr (a gay dating app with geo-location system); Tumblr (a social network about blogs, through the analysis of masculinity related blogs) and; Instagram (a photo sharing app, through the exploration of masculinity and gender related hashtags).
What are the differences in which the body is used in those different platforms?
Are there differences in the ways masculinity and gender are embodied in different locations through the world (determined by the comparison of different locations in geo-location date apps)?
Which are the more visible or generic prototypes of masculinity?
Which characters were identified during the research process?
What are the subjective positions and political claims embodied on those platforms?