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10. A Bit too Skinny for Me: Women's Homosocial Constructions of Heterosexual Desire in Online Dating


 
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1. Title Title of document 10. A Bit too Skinny for Me: Women's Homosocial Constructions of Heterosexual Desire in Online Dating - Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Kristine Mortensen; University of Copenhagen; Denmark
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) gender and language; sexuality and language; queer theory; heteronormativity; linguistic analysis; online dating; homosociality; desire; heterosexuality; stance-taking
 
5. Subject Subject classification gender and language
 
6. Description Abstract Using the notion of homosocial desire, this article explores how homosociality ties into heterosexual desire in an online dating context. During the past two decades, the number of users has increased rapidly and online dating today forms a key context for negotiating romantic relations. Thus, online dating practices are rich fields for investigating the workings of desire. Based on audiovisual recordings of two Danish female friends engaging in online dating activities, this article demonstrates how participants, through joint stance-taking, co-construct shared desire and adjust individually-produced desire to create homosocial affiliation. Hence, in this case, heterosexual desire construction is a collaborative undertaking generated through homosocial bonding. The performed desire carries a strong physical focus, partly produced by the participants’ attention to bodily detail and partly through the dating site’s visual design. The article concludes by arguing for the incorporation of attention to homosocial aspects in research into heterosexual desire.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Feb-2018
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/30447
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30447
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Queering Language, Gender and Sexuality
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd