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4.6. Why are lesbians less active online than gay men?

Iran-based activist blogger, Amir Hamjensgara said,

“I think the reason [that lesbians aren’t as active as gay

men] is that being a woman in Iran is basically a crime. They

have more limitations … Some issues are beyond the reach of

the homosexual community and these are macro issues. For ex-

ample, issues such as the equality of men and women, women’s

freedom and the independence of women should be solved by a majority society … When women feel empowered, their participation in society increases ... I even believe that physical power

can be effective. Physical strength increases self-confidence and audacity. In our society, when a woman makes herself visible in

public, she is construed as a sexual subject, even by other women. One of the reasons that people have this approach is because they feel that other women won’t support them”

// Lesbian Girl, a contributor to Tizbin blog, had a very

different opinion about why lesbians are less active in the online LGBT rights movement. She argued,

“Gay men are usually totally gay, but a majority of lesbians

are either not actually lesbian, or are bisexual … I’m bisexual. This is what I finally decided to call myself. For a long time, I didn’t know whether or not I was a homosexual and finally, for my

own peace of mind, I chose to call myself bisexual. I accepted it

as my identity ... When I first came into the homo-sexual society

I met some lesbians (only a couple of whom were really actually lesbian) and they were all pretty conservative. They found each other through wearing the rainbow sign. All except for one of

them agreed they had become interested in women because of

the problems they’d endured with their husbands or boyfriends. They had turned to women because they were ‘damaged’ … I

think there are more lesbians (probably not real ones though) than there are gay men, but we’re far more insecure”

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

LGBT Republic of Iran: An Online Reality?  

A Small Media report revealing how Iran’s LGBT communities use global communicationstechnology in their everyday lives.

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