This work was the beginning of my transition away from studies of IT implementation in organizations. It comprises three elements and draws upon masculinity studies, science and technology studies and cultural studies in collaboration, at points, with Alison Adam and Gordon Fletcher. I’m really proud of this work as it was a major leap into the unknown for me having studied enterprise resource planning applicatons for so long.
I explored how Gaydar can be a technology of classification that marginalises those that are already marginalized – a copy of the paper associated with this study can be found here.
Together with Gordon Fletcher, we examined how Gaydar is an evolving cultural artifact. A copy of the paper can be found here.
Finally, Alison Adam, Gordon Fletcher and I examined how Gaydar commodified difference. Again for the record, I recognise contradictions in sites such as Gaydar, as I point out in my first piece of work about the site. Gaydar, as is the case with other dating and hook up apps, are both problematic and beneficial. The paper associated with this work can be found here.
I would like to say that upon re-reading the latter two papers in 2016, I’m not happy about how the discussion of sex work is represented in them. The writing is a little clumsy and suggests a disapproval of sex work. For the record, my personal opinion is that our bodies are our own to do with as we please. My only concerns for sex workers are their safety and that they are not subject to exploitation.