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Hanging Out in the Virtual PubMasculinities and Relationships Online$
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Lori Kendall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230361

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230361.001.0001

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Hanging Out in the Virtual Locker Room

Hanging Out in the Virtual Locker Room

Bluesky as a Masculine Space

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Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub
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Kendall Lori

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230361.003.0004

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

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