Stereotypical Gender Attributions across Sexual Orientations on Tinder: Evidence from Turkey

Authors

  • Amir Hetsroni Department of Media and Visual Arts Koç University, Rumelifeneri, Sarıyer Rumeli Feneri Yolu, 34450 Sarıyer, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Meriç Tuncez Department of Media and Visual Arts, Koç University, Rumelifeneri, Sarıyer Rumeli Feneri Yolu, 34450 Sarıyer, İstanbul, Turkey
  • Mina Özdemir Department of Media and Visual Arts, Koç University, Rumelifeneri, Sarıyer Rumeli Feneri Yolu, 34450 Sarıyer, İstanbul, Turkey

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/mjss-2020-0002

Abstract

In this study we examine the accuracy of stereotypical gendered attributions of Tinder users and compare them across sexual orientation lines. We randomly sampled 2,539 Tinder users from Turkey and analyzed their photos for decorative artifacts. The results indicate a significant difference between heterosexual women and lesbians, with the latter adopting less feminine decorative artifacts and displaying more masculine decorative artifacts. The differences among men are not as drastic, however, homosexuals were still slightly more likely to feature feminine and gender-neutral decorative artifacts. No systematic difference was detected in masculine decorative artifacts among men. Overall, female Tinder users featured more gender-neutral decorative artifacts than males, regardless of sexual orientation. The results are discussed in relation to culture and stereotypes.

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Published

2020-01-10

How to Cite

Hetsroni, A., Tuncez, M., & Özdemir, M. (2020). Stereotypical Gender Attributions across Sexual Orientations on Tinder: Evidence from Turkey. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 11(1), 14. https://doi.org/10.36941/mjss-2020-0002