Self-representation through slash fiction : an ethnography of the LGBT fandom pornography on Tumblr

Hamill, Jaime (2016) Self-representation through slash fiction : an ethnography of the LGBT fandom pornography on Tumblr. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This web ethnography focuses on how the portrayal of LGBT+ individuals in online pornography affects LGBT+ individuals’ development and exploration of their sexuality and gender identity. This is study specifically focuses on the opinions of LGBT+ members of the fan-communities on the social media website Tumblr, and compares their views on LGBT+ representation within both “Mainstream” online pornography and “Fandom” online pornography. After identifying a gap in the research on the LGBT+ consumers and creators of fandom pornography, this study examines previous research on both types of pornography, and how they have developed. Using this research the aims were defined; to find out if individuals find queer fandom pornography more accurate, and less objectifying along with which type of pornography is more appropriate to encourage queer individuals to explore their own gender identities and sexualities as acceptable or erotic. The research was carried out using mixed methods – the methods used involved an online ethnography to understand the community, the ethnographic research included a survey and multiple short, semi-structured interviews based on the results of the survey. This research found that many of the participants view fandom pornography to be more appropriate viewing for individuals who would be exploring and validating their gender identity and sexualities than mainstream pornography as fandom pornography represents both LGBT+ sex and relationships in a more realistic and appropriate way, while many more participants felt mainstream pornography objectified them.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 14:09
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 14:09

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