Filipino Cyborg Sexualities, Chatroom Masculinities, Self-Ascribed Identities, Ephemeral Selves

Filipino Cyborg Sexualities, Chatroom Masculinities, Self-Ascribed Identities, Ephemeral Selves

Alvin S. Concha (Davao Regional Hospital, Philippines)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0020-1.ch018
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Abstract

This cyberethnographic study aims to describe the creation of male sexualities among self-ascribed Filipino men in online chatrooms, describe the virtual environments wherein cyber male sexualities are constructed, and discuss the extent to which virtual male sexualities reflect contemporary physical world male sexualities and implicate masculinities. Chatroom selves are self-ascribed and ephemeral selves that abound in an indulgent ambiance. Chatrooms sanction a whole range of behaviors that afford meaningfully lived freedom to persons. The author argues that under similar conditions, the practice of masculinities can become non-oppressive, egalitarian, and liberating for the self and for others.
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Methodology

Crafting the methodology for this research has not been easy, especially because of this relatively new approach to knowledge production within a relatively new “research locale.” The metaphorical place called cyberspace only partly – if at all – shares the features of a physical research venue, making it difficult for me to extrapolate technical and ethical principles from physical ethnography to this present work. Rather than decide on over-arching ethical principles, especially as regards obtaining informed consent and ensuring anonymity, I approached the ethical considerations of data gathering and data handling techniques contextually. The proposal I wrote for this research was reviewed and approved by the Ateneo de Davao University Research Ethics Committee.

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