Rights versus morality : online debate about decriminalization of gay sex in Singapore
Detenber, Benjamin H.
Neo, Rachel L.
Date of Issue2014
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
This paper presents a quantitative content analysis of 10,473 comments from two opposing online petitions related to the legal status of a section of the penal code in Singapore used to ban sex between men. Results indicate numerous significant differences in how the two sides discussed the law and its significance. In particular, they used different types of arguments to support their views and expressed different kinds of concerns over the potential impact of changing or maintaining the law. The patterns of language use seem to reflect distinctly different approaches to the debate and suggest the difficulty of finding common ground amid this contentious social issue, but also reveal similarities to how Western cultures have framed the debate.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Public opinion
Journal of homosexuality
© 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Homosexuality, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2014.926769].