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Showcase of desire: a study of search profiles of same-sex partners on website Manhunt.net in the cities of São Carlos and Araraquara

Grant number: 12/22798-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology
Principal Investigator:Richard Miskolci Escudeiro
Grantee:Rodrigo Casaut Melhado
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This Project proposes a study of the profiles with pictures of the dating (?) network Manhunt.net users of the cities of Araraquara and Sao Carlos, upstate Sao Paulo. These cities were selected once they are close to each other and possess an urban dynamics of exchanging agents, id est, they form a social circuit. The research seeks, throughout pictures and profile descriptions, analyzing which gender, generational, social class, masculinity conceptions and body building factors are present in this "love" market, in the Manhunt.net network context. The digital medias converts the private-self into a public-self, that presents itself to an anonymous audience, and because of this, these profiles are considered an intimacy performance. This project's goal is to understand the procedures involved in the construction of the online profiles, as well as the values and gender conventions, the sexuality and other social markers of differences triggered by this process. To support these arguments, this project makes use of Brazilian studies on sexuality, queer theory and recent searches about the use of digital medias.