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Title: Investigating sexual racism and interactions of grindr app users
Authors: Ang, Ming Wei
Tan, Justin Ching Keng
Suah, Cheryl Sher Ning
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication::Communication theories and models
Social sciences::Sociology::Social structure
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Project: CS/19/032 
Abstract: Drawing on sexual fields theory and sexual racism literature, this paper explores racialized sexual desires of Grindr users in Singapore. 24 semi-structured interviews with Grindr users were conducted between December 2019 and February 2020. Within this specified field (Grindr in Singapore), this paper finds a preoccupation with pigeonholing users into racial categories tethered to stereotypes, which sustains a hierarchy where Chinese users are generally considered more desirable than Malays and Indians. This preoccupation habituates users to verify the racial identities of other users, especially through photos—adding a previously unexplored dimension to existing accounts of how technical features structure user interactions. This paper also enriches sexual fields theory by offering a classificatory framework to study sexual fields as possible sites of contestation against existing hierarchies. Racial minority respondents’ strategic responses to sexual racism are sorted into three groups: playing the same game (recognizing and legitimating the existing hierarchy), challenging the rules (recognizing but resisting the hierarchy), or playing a different game (not recognizing the same hierarchy). Finally, this paper discusses why some users unexpectedly deviate from recognizing the racial hierarchy in the predominant way.
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