Virtually Belonging: Risk, Connectivity, and Coming Out On-Line

Munt, Sally R, Bassett, Elizabeth H and O'Riordan, Kate (2002) Virtually Belonging: Risk, Connectivity, and Coming Out On-Line. International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, 7 (2-3). 125- 137. ISSN 1566-1768

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Abstract

This essay examines a self-defined, lesbian on-line community focusing on the construction and performance of identity in relation to coming out on-line. Coming out is a central narrative form in the construction of lesbian identity. In considering the implications of coming out in an on-line community, issues of privacy and public space are central. Coming out on-line can be seen as both an alternative to, and augmentation of, coming out off-line. Questioning whether this on-line community sustains performative utterances, the authors explore the relationships between on-line and off-line locales. The construction of boundaries is considered in an analysis of how sexualized bodies emerge in virtual spaces. KEYWORDS: lesbian; coming out; identity; community; on-line.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: From the issue entitled "Queer Webs: Representations of LGBT People and Communities on the World Wide Web"
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Sally Munt
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:11
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 08:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24576
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