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Author Campbell, John Edward.

Title Getting it on online : cyberspace, gay male sexuality, and embodied identity / John Edward Campbell
Published New York : Harrington Park Press, [2004]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  306.76620285 Cam/Gio  AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 221 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series Haworth gay & lesbian studies
Haworth gay & lesbian studies.
Contents Foreword / Larry Gross -- Ch. 1. Bodiless exultation? -- Ch. 2. Getting online -- Ch. 3. Virtual gay bars -- Ch. 4. Singing the body cybernetic -- Ch. 5. Guts and muscles and bears, oh my! -- Ch. 6. Getting off online -- App. IRC interviewee profile
Summary "Getting It On Online: Cyberspace, Gay Male Sexuality, and Embodied Identity explores the online embodied experiences of gay men. At once scholarly and sensual, this unique book is the result of a three-year ethnographic study chronicling the activities of three distinct social scenes in the world of Internet Relay Chart (IRC) - virtual spaces constructed by gay men for the erotic exploration of the male body. Examining the vital role the body plays in defining these online spaces, this book offers insight into how gay men negotiate their identities through emerging communication technologies. The author combines a critical look at the role of the body in cyberspace with candid accounts of his own online experiences to challenge conventional views on sex, sexuality, and embodied identity."
"Getting It On Online provides an inside look at three specific online communities - gaychub (a community celebrating male obesity), gaymuscle (a community formulated around images of the muscular male body), and gaymusclebears (a space representing the erotic convergence of the obese and muscular male bodies emerging out of the gay male "bear" subculture) - in an effort to unsettle those models of beauty and the erotic depicted in more mainstream media. The book demonstrates how the social position of these men in the physical world in regard to age, race, gender, class, and physical beauty influences their online experiences. Far from a realm of bodiless exultation, Getting It On Online illustrates how the flesh remains very much present in cyberspace."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Internet -- Social aspects.
Online chat groups.
Gay online chat groups.
Gay men -- Computer network resources.
Gay men -- Sexual behavior.
Computer sex.
Dating (Social customs) -- Computer network resources.
Body image.
Body Image [MESH]
Homosexuality, Male -- psychology [MESH]
Internet -- utilization [MESH]
Homosexuality, Male -- psychology.
Body Image.
Internet -- statistics & numerical data.
LC no. 2003012259
ISBN 1560234318 hardcover alkaline paper
1560234326 soft alkaline paper