Scholarly Selections

Scholarly Selections

Gender Norms, (Dis)Empowerment, and the Digital Dating Paradigm
  • Dates:
    Oct 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
    Virtual event - see it on Facebook Live (you do not need a Facebook account).
  • Tickets:


  • Accessibility:

    Accessible online.

UWT Scholarly Selections: Gender Norms, (Dis)Empowerment, and the Digital Dating Paradigm
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 PM
FREE virtual program via Facebook Live (see instructions below)

Join us for a Scholarly Selections virtual presentation about digital dating and the quest for connection.

In this talk, UWT professor Riki Thompson presents her original research about online dating for individuals who identify outside of binary gender norms. Her research illuminates the challenges and opportunities of online dating in relation to gender and sexuality. Dating apps can serve as digital spaces to find community but also have constraining options due to implicit bias within app design and user practices. Simultaneously, many of the troubling realities of living as a non-cis-gendered person are reproduced in online dating spaces. Dr. Thompson’s research also shows that individuals who do not conform to gender norms face unique challenges related to exclusion, harassment, fetishization, and violence when negotiating online dating.


Dr. Riki Thompson is an Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Digital Rhetoric in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Her scholarship examines intersections of language, technology, identity, and interpersonal connectivity with a focus on how people negotiate digital spaces to connect with (and exclude) others.

Dr. Thompson’s research about online dating has been featured in The Conversation and Salon, and interviews about pandemic dating can be found on Vox, the Learning More podcast, and Boise State Public Radio. She is currently working on a book about online dating which explores how people represent self, evaluate others, and communicate in digital dating spaces.

How to view this live-streamed program:

Our program is live-streamed on Facebook but you do not need to have a Facebook account to see it. The live program is viewable for everyone.

Click the button below to see the program at 6:00 on Thursday, October 21, 2021. (Note: At this link, you can also see videos from previous public programs we’ve presented!)


Need more help getting into the online program? Click the button below for step-by-step directions and a downloadable PDF.


Scholarly Selections is a series of talks (normally held at the Washington State History Museum) on the third Thursday of each month during the school year; this event will be held online, not at the museum, for the safety of participants due to current COVID infection rates. These presentations offer the opportunity for museum visitors to hear from University of Washington professors, graduate students, and researchers about the interesting topics they’re exploring.

Free Third Thursday evenings are generously supported by Columbia Bank.

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