Grindr Culture: Intersectional and Socio-Sexual

Andrew DJ Shield

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This research note is based on ethnographic work in the greater Copenhagen area on the socio-sexual networking app Grindr and on interviews with twelve recent immigrants who use this platform. As an online space primarily for gay men, Grindr is a unique subculture in which to conduct research about intersections of sexuality with other socio-cultural categories such as race and migration background, but also gender and ability. I find that user experiences with exclusion and discrimination can be related to Grindr’s interface, such as its drop-down menus, the discourses circulated by Grindr users in profile texts, and user-to-user interactions in private messages.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEphemera: Theory & politics in organization
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)149-161
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Grindr
  • Race
  • Transgender
  • Masculinity
  • Disability
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • social media

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