M/M Media Survey
We’re conducting a survey to learn about the demographics and motivations behind Male/Male media consumption. Many of the articles on this website pertain to this subject and many of our readers and writers are active participants or viewers of this type of media. Once we’ve hit a large enough sampling or an extended period of time has passed, we’ll be gathering the results of the survey and publishing a piece with our findings. There have been numerous studies in the past that have focused on specific types of media (slash fiction, yaoi) or primarily on demographics (age, gender, etc). We hope to encompass many forms of media, extensive demographics, as well as motivating factors behind the consumption of this media.
Q: Will my identity be revealed if I write in comments?
A: Only if you specify in the comment that you want to be credited. We may use portions of your comments anonymously if you have not specified your name or online handle. If you don’t want your comments used at all, please specify as such. We are also tracking IPs, but that is merely to prevent repeat voting and will not be using that material for any other purpose. You are free to use an anonymous IP switcher if this makes you uncomfortable, but please only answer this survey once if you choose to do this.
Q: Why isn’t my country listed for demographics purposes?
A: We have selected a small sampling of countries based on our website readership and the expected readership of certain types of media (Japan for yaoi, for example). We didn’t intend on slighting any specific country by leaving it off the list. Feel free to specify your country in the comments of the survey!
Q: The gender and sexuality questions are confusing. What do I choose if I’m [insert gender/sexuality]?
A: This is entirely up to you. We did not delineate between cis gender and trans gender individuals, but if you feel that it is relevant you are welcome to leave a comment to that specific survey question. Likewise, we know that there are many different sexualities in the world and we may not have included yours. We’ve left a comment option open for that as well. Basically choose what you feel most comfortable with. You are the one who defines your own gender or sexuality.
Q: Do I have to answer every question?
A: No, but we strongly encourage you to do so. We will be comparing data based on certain factors and if you leave a question blank, your answers won’t be included in that data pool. For example, if we wanted to see if Tumblr users consume more yaoi, slash, or canon queer media, but you left the Social Media question blank, your answers would not be included.
Q: When will this survey end?
A: We do not have an end date, but we have a target of at least 5,000 participants with an automatic cut off at 10,000. Please spread this survey far and wide so that we can reach as many corners of various fandoms as possible.
Q: Is this a random sampling?
A: No. This survey is being primarily spread through social media, therefore it is heavily slanted towards social media users. Also, the majority of our readers live in English language countries, so they will be overly represented in the data. This is why we’ve set up the social media and country questions so that we can at least narrow down results to possibly smaller samplings for data purposes. You can help us reach a larger audience by spreading the survey or even translating the survey into other languages.
Thank you for participating in this survey!
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She’s contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She’s written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. She identifies as queer.
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