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Playing on-line : sexual subjectivity, gender play and the construction of the dyke SM fantasy

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Playing on-line : sexual subjectivity, gender play and the construction of the dyke SM fantasy

Setzer, Katharine Adrienne (2000) Playing on-line : sexual subjectivity, gender play and the construction of the dyke SM fantasy. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This project explores the intersection of fantasy and mediation; the erotic interplay between the dyke SM fantasy, sexual and gender identity and the computer mediated communication practices of on-line chatting and email correspondence. The dyke SM fantasy, when toyed with in cyberspace produces a multiplicity and fluidity of sexual and gender perspectives and positionings. Through the creation and play of avatars and alternate personae within the chatroom space and in emailing, the performative nature of dyke SM subjectivity and identity(ies) is exposed and becomes erotically available for sexual/gender interrogations. The dyke SM fantasy, as a narrative is introduced to set the scene for virtual travels through the sexually-based chatrooms of AOL and the erotic writing of emails. Once in cyberspace, a fictional character, the transgender cyborg is created for theoretical and erotic illustration of the power of such performances and to stand as a personal emblem for such on-line playings. Considering this character as an edge-dweller--existing only in the cyberfray and in the fantastic--the multiplicity of sexual and gender identity is further unveiled. However, at the end of these travels what emerges is not only pleasingly productive, but problematic as well. As sites that compose an on-line dyke SM community, surveillance and monitoring of these sex/gender performances function to inspire a troubling degree of conformity within the cyber ranks. These limitations ultimately curb the productive potential of dyke SM play online.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Setzer, Katharine Adrienne
Pagination:iv, 105 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Communication Studies
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Nadeau, Chantal
ID Code:1203
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:17
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:19
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