I’ve just had quite a lot of fun researching and writing about this topic for an article that’s now live at Register Hardware. Some bits of it might be considered not safe for work, and some of the gadgets are, frankly, a bit terrifying, but I like to think it’s an interesting read.
If you enjoyed it, then you might also find this piece in the Times Higher Education Supplement interesting; it’s a talk with Sharif Mowlabocus, author of Gaydar Culture: Gay Men, Technology and Embodiment in the Digital Age, who was kind enough to help me with the article.
And, though I didn’t have space to address the issues in more detail, if you’re interested in reading more about the ways in which the law intersects with sexuality, I can heartily recommend checking out the Law and Sexuality blog from Chris Ashford.
The gadgets side of the whole business is clearly the most fun, and there’s a lot to look at out there, but I think the legal and social aspects are just as interesting, and well worth thinking about; the same, of course, can be said for much technology and the way it affects our lives, even if in less intimate ways.