Shield, Andrew DJ. ‘Grindr Culture: Intersectional and Socio-Sexual’. Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization, vol. 18, no. 1, Warwick Business School, 2018, pp. 149–161.
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 relate to Grindr’s interface, such as its drop-down menus, to the discourses circulated by Grindr users in profile texts, and to user- to-user interactions in private messages.