Title

All I get is an emoji : dating on lesbian mobile phone app Butterfly

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Media, Culture & Society

Publication Date

9-1-2017

Volume

39

Issue

6

First Page

816

Last Page

832

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Keywords

Chinese sexuality, dating app, Hong Kong, intimacy, lesbian, love, online dating, romance

Abstract

Unlike mobile apps for gay men, lesbian dating apps have been slow to catch on as a habitual space to look for friends and lovers. This study adopted a qualitative approach to investigate the social expectations and romantic longings of Chinese lesbians and bisexual women aged 35 and above in establishing same-sex relationships using mobile media. In-depth interviews were conducted with 12 Chinese lesbians and bisexual women, and participant observation was carried out on the Hong Kong-based lesbian social networking site Butterfly. The aim of the study was to explore the social meanings of intimacy created, negotiated and changed among Chinese lesbians and bisexual women. I argue that although social media presents ample opportunities for love and intimacy, the prevailing conservative values and cultural norms surrounding dating and relationships in Hong Kong are often reinforced and played out in their choice of romantic engagement.

DOI

10.1177/0163443717693680

Print ISSN

01634437

E-ISSN

14603675

Publisher Statement

Copyright © The Author(s) 2017.

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Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Tang, D. T.-S. (2017). All I get is an emoji: Dating on lesbian mobile phone app Butterfly. Media, Culture & Society, 39(6), 816-832. doi: 10.1177/0163443717693680

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