‘The sea pulled her skirt up’
The language of same-sex love in Iranian blogs
This article examines the language used by bloggers in Iran who write about same-sex relationships. Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Iran and discussion of sex is tabooed so blogging potentially acts as a form of empowerment for bloggers who desire such relationships. By conducting a qualitative analysis of a small sample of blogs, we show how Iranian bloggers have developed a range of techniques to avoid censorship of their postings, as well as examining how they orient to discourses around same-sex relationships, oppression of their identities and heteronormativity.
Keywords: blogging, Iran, homosexuality, heteronormativity, homophobia, metaphor, allusion, internet
Published online: 16 October 2017
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