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Hanging Out in the Virtual Locker Room

Kendall Lori

in Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230361
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230361.003.0004
Hanging Out in the Virtual Locker Room

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This chapter discusses gender, focusing on the particular masculinities performed on BlueSky and their relationship to hegemonic masculinity. The dominant masculine identity on BlueSky is connected to computer-related work, and BlueSky participants enact masculinity in and through discussions related to work. It is pointed out, masculinity does not constitute a single uniform standard of behavior but rather comprises a range of gender identities clustered around expectations concerning masculinity, hegemonic masculinity is defined as the configuration of gender practice which embodies the currently accepted answer to the problem of the legitimacy of patriarchy, which guarantees (or is taken to guarantee) the dominant position of men and the subordination of women, often significant in muddling. The article also discusses BlueSky participants' understanding of what it means to be a nerd and the advantages and disadvantages that BlueSky's maledominated space provides for female participants.

Keywords: hegemonic masculinity; BlueSky; gender; nerd; masculine identity

Chapter.  13829 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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