Men of the Net

Gary L. Atkins

in Imagining Gay Paradise

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083237
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209305 | DOI:
Men of the Net

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As Singapore began to crackdown on public male sexuality in the early 1990s, prompting sensationalistic media treatments about gay men, the author of this book gradually became more open about Stuart Koe's own homosexuality while studying in the United States. This chapter examines the traditional constructions of Chinese masculinity within Confucianism as a promotion of wen and wu, the intellect and the body, and tracks Stuart Koe's creation of a new “cyber-magical reality” called that by 2004 began to serve as one of the largest computer-based canvases for the grassroots construction of images of the Asian male body and of Asian gay male sexuality in Southeast Asia. It examines the fusion of Western and Confucian male tropes in the individual profiles that begin to be posted by the men of Fridae.

Keywords: Stuart Koe; Tan Chong Kee; civil rights; Chinese masculinity; internet; technology

Chapter.  5188 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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