This paper explores how the participation of men in Beirut within the exclusively gay-male dating web site GayRomeo.com is framed by identity politics and practices of national and ethnic membership, masculinity, and sexuality in post-civil war Beirut. Such intermingling of the sexualized meanings and queer desires within GayRomeo.com with local politics and practices affords new forms of self-description and embodied practice online as a queer Lebanese subject. Using context analysis to explore manifestations of selfhood within GayRomeo.com, as well as secondary literature about homosexuality in Beirut, I present how local politics and practices are present within user profiles constructed according to a series of profile categories consisting of character traits, interests, and demographic information. Through their profiles, users engage in embodied practices of masculinity and sexuality that influence subjectivity via their online visibility.
Mathew Gagné; Queer Beirut Online: The Participation of Men in Gayromeo.com. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 November 2012; 8 (3): 113–137. doi: https://doi.org/10.2979/jmiddeastwomstud.8.3.113
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