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dot gay: what are the implications?

Nyx
Nyx on 17 Septiembre, 2010 - 06:32
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Nyx is a feminist, activist, and a masters student at Rhodes University. She is also a part of the South African EroTICs team. Nyx is based in South Africa.
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It was in a dynamic coalition session on freedom of expressioni and freedom of the media on the interneti that Schubert announced that the domain namei, “dot gay” was in the pipeline. The domain name hopes to incorporate all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queeri sites under one domain.

Before the serious implication of content regulationi hit me, my “problematic-term-mentioned” monitor blipped. I must admit though, it is a finely tuned machine, and jumps at any potential word/term that may be used in a way that seems remotely problematic.

What about the rest of us? Do we get our own domain name sans the “G”? I’m not sure everyone in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queeri community necessarily identify with the term “gay”. Perhaps we should consider adopting “dot LGBTIiQ”, or just risk it and make it “dot queer”? I do understand that dot queer may not be accepted by all, such as the individual from Australia who ambushed me after the session. He stateid that “as a gay man, I hate the word queer” – given, some are not comfortable with this term, or do not wish to reclaim it as their own

…but then he went on to comment that: “I don’t really care about the rest” i.e. that he did not consider himself a member, or even in solidarity, with the lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex community. I think the issue here may have been a bit more serious, and spoke to his (un/conscious) disconnection from the overall community. As a lesbian, he is the sort of (anti)queer I avoid. He then sauntered off without giving me an opportunity to respond.

The term queer has been reclaimed by the LGBTIQ community and now it is used as an inclusive and affirmative means to identifying all people who are affected by heterosexism and homophobia. This includes “straight” people who do not subscribe to the heteronormativity of society.

But what are the implications of dot gay?

I understand that Schubert’s intention was that dot gay be a “community application” but what if it is also an application that is employed for discrimination? The risks to the LGBTIQ community may be a lot higher than the benefit of creating a community of LGBTIQ sites. I am concerned that this simply makes the work of regulators a whole lot easier, we’re probably doing their work for them. Really, we’re literally collecting ourselves into one area, and filtering these sites becomes a lot easier. And it makes it easier to trace LGBTIQ activists, and who knows the implications of that. Are we not contributing to our own potential persecution?

 

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coordon
3 years 44 weeks ago

personally i have a concern about dot gay as gay, queeri LGBTIi call it as you want are also asian, also part of the commercial community, are using different languages and use the porn industry. i mean who or what will qualify to go on dot gay when there is also dot asia, dot cat , dot xxx and every sort of things running or in pipeline as you said, when it comes to country and top level domain namei?

Nyx
3 years 44 weeks ago

I dont know who qualifies, and how one would go about qualifying. This is the thing about the interneti, and society - we all belong to different communities, and are constantly negotiating those spaces. What impact does subscribing/qualifying for one domain namei have on your identity - how do you determine which one is more important, etc?

PurpleDuck
3 years 44 weeks ago

i find this domain namei proposal more scary than anything else, and afraid dot gay will immediately start to score on all 'black' lists. i really struggle to find any positive effect of this domain name proposal for LGBTIiQ community.

Nyx
3 years 44 weeks ago

I agree. Maybe in a more progressive era it would be a positive contribution. But we're not in that space, I think it will just make it easier to block content.

coordon
3 years 42 weeks ago

as xxx it will allow all those who have specific needs to go "straight" there. more seriously, it will ghettoise gay people and ae the more queeri they necessarily are. can't help finding double sense word when replying to this post.hahahaha

Bajar de Peso
3 years 40 weeks ago

Then after this what is next? dot women, dot black? I don't see any dot straight, so why dot gay?

agência web
2 years 20 weeks ago

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3 years 27 weeks ago
I dont know who qualifies, and how one would go about qualifying. This is the thing about the interneti, and society - we all belong to different communities, and are constantly negotiating those spaces. What impact does subscribing/qualifying for one domain namei have on your identity - how do you determine which one is more important, etc?
Anonymous
3 years 23 weeks ago
Brand new "GAY" Domain Names and TLDs have already been released. For the first time, Internet users can create their own set of Domains and TLDs totally free, and without any reference to ICANN. ISPs such as Dashworlds.com offer a parallel Internet using new Dashcom (not Dotcom) Domain Names. Dashcoms are brand new web addresses in the format http://gay-com or http://radio-gay or http://human-rights (Examples Only). With users and members in over 90 countries worldwide, resolution is via an APP (although ISP links are now available to negate that need). Things change and grow. Not-so-long ago, people would have thought a web based magazine such as this to be a waste of time, effort and money. After all why would anyone want to fork out for hugely expensive computers, sign up for extra phone lines, buy modems and routers, buy an OS, learn how to use it all....Just so they could read a magazine?....Why?....When all they had to do was walk down to the local store. Having just one Internet in infinite cyberspace is like saying you can go visit anywhere in America just as long as you stick to route 66. So today, just as in the USA (and everywhere else in the world) the Internet has more than one road to travel.
Anonymous
2 years 50 weeks ago

as xxx it will allow all those who have specific needs to go "straight" there. more seriously, it will ghettoise gay people and ae the more queeri they necessarily are. can't help finding double sense word when replying to this post.hahahaha

Plumbing Fresno
2 years 41 weeks ago

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Bajar de Peso
2 years 40 weeks ago

I don't see any reason to categorize and to add the idea that gay is any different from straight. We're all sexual and socially constructed beings. Why do many homosexuals worry about "coming out?" Heterosexuals do not make an issue about openly declaring their sexual preferences.

Anonymous
2 years 40 weeks ago

Why are they worrying? Maybe cause they are afraid to lost their job, families, friends, or even life?...havent you noticed that quite a bit of society is quite homophobic, and there are still number of countries where same-sex relationships are illegal.

2 years 39 weeks ago

i find this domain namei proposal more scary than anything else, and afraid dot gay will immediately start to score on all 'black' lists. i really struggle to find any positive effect of this domain name proposal for LGBTIiQ community.

2 years 38 weeks ago

in the near future ALL kind of domians will be liberated, so you could buy a .gai .straight .lesbin .mydogispretty...there's no matter what extension you take, so for commercial purposses .gai could be very interesting for companies and bussiness that works with this kind od market

Not gay
2 years 21 weeks ago

Once the concept for .gay could be touched and experienced I looked for partners with the right background and deep rooting within the LGBT community to take it over," says Schubert. "That person was Scott Seitz, founder of SPI Marketing, a leading LGBT agency with over 15 years of service on behalf of corporate and non-profit clients web design perth

Lessto
2 years 20 weeks ago

i don't see any reason to categorize and to add the idea that gay is any different from straight. we are all sexual and socially constructed beings. why do many homosexuals worry about "coming out?" heterosexuals do not make an issue about openly declaring their sexual preferences..movies

App Creator
2 years 14 weeks ago

I think the issue here may have been a bit more serious, and spoke to his (un/conscious) disconnection from the overall community. Regadrs App Creator

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1 year 48 weeks ago

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Anonymous
1 year 45 weeks ago

I don't like this idea of using dot gay. Then everything would start using dot coffee lovers and so on. It’s taking away the integrity of internet world by breaking down everything into smaller clans. In short, it’s building borders and on the internet, it’s a really bad idea.

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1 year 37 weeks ago

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