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(Homo)masculinities: dating apps and body image among young gay users in Spain

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dc.contributor.author Roig-Mora, Arnau
dc.contributor.author Ventura, Rafael
dc.contributor.author Larrea Estefanía, Olatz
dc.contributor.author Blanco Fernández, Vítor
dc.date.accessioned 2024-03-01T07:32:17Z
dc.date.issued 2024
dc.identifier.citation Roig-Mora A, Ventura R, Larrea O, Blanco-Fernández V. (Homo)masculinities: dating apps and body image among young gay users in Spain. J LGBT Youth. 2024. DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2024.2310652
dc.identifier.issn 1936-1653
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/59301
dc.description Data de publicació electrònica: 14 de febrer de 2024
dc.description.abstract Mobile dating apps (MDAs) generate spaces where masculinities are (co)produced and reproduced, acting as platforms that define the standards of such masculinities. The objective of this article is to understand the role that MDAs play among young users in the construction of masculinity through body image. The data were collected from 40 semi-structured interviews to male users of MDAs, divided in four groups of age (18–25 and 40+ years old) and sexuality (gay and heterosexual) to compare their experiences and discourses. Results show that, despite muscularity being viewed as a sign of status in all groups and very prevalent in the gay group, users challenge its hegemony by questioning the use of enhancement drugs and the cult-like mentality of muscular users. Gay interviewees also discuss the prevalence of objectification and sexualization in gay culture, but younger users talk about challenging them in their self-presentation. Finally, age seems to give confidence to heterosexual users, while the reverse happens in our gay group. However, in their answers, age and socio-economic status are sometimes conflated.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación de España under Grant PGC2018-101682-B-I00.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of LGBT Youth. 2024.
dc.rights © This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of LGBT youth on 14 Feb 2024, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19361653.2024.2310652
dc.title (Homo)masculinities: dating apps and body image among young gay users in Spain
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19361653.2024.2310652
dc.subject.keyword Mobile dating apps
dc.subject.keyword body image
dc.subject.keyword masculinity
dc.subject.keyword gay
dc.subject.keyword youth
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/PGC2018-101682-B-I00
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion
dc.embargo.liftdate 2025-02-14
dc.date.embargoEnd info:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2025-02-14

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