Heterosexuality: A Feminism & Psychology Reader

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Heterosexuality is generally taken for granted, seldom explicitly addressed. Rarely has it been the focus of sustained theory. This Reader is a forum for the analysis of heterosexuality as it relates to feminism and psychology.

Leading feminists, psychologists and activists explore the personal and political implications of heterosexuality and of heterosexuality as an institution. They consider the extent to which feminism and heterosexuality are compatible and the complex interrelationships between sexual behaviour, categories and identities. Acknowledging the interactions between heterosexism and other oppressions, they point to the contradictions between heterosexual desire and heterosexual coercion, between heterosexual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803988224
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/17/1993
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

Theorizing Heterosexuality 1
Editors' Introduction 33
How My Heterosexuality Affects My Feminist Politics 34
The Authority of the Name 37
On Being Ordinary 39
Hypatia Unbound: A Confession 41
Identity, 'Passing' and Subversion 43
Sisters Under the Skin: A Politics of Heterosexuality 46
Heterosexuality and Parenting 48
On the Inadequacy of Our Sexual Categories: A Personal Perspective 50
The (Dis)Comfort of Being 'Hetero' 52
Heterosexuality: Challenge and Opportunity 54
Heterosexual Feminist Identities: Private Boundaries and Shifting Centers 56
Love and the Politics of Heterosexuality 59
Unbundling Our Binaries - Genders, Sexualities, Desires 62
How My Heterosexuality Contributes to My Feminism and Vice Versa 65
Heterosexuality, Feminism, Contradiction: On Being Young, White, Heterosexual Feminists in the 1990s 68
Retelling Myself 73
Radical Feminist Heterosexuality: The Personal and the Political 75
Heterosexuality: Beginnings and Connections 80
The Heterosexual Feminist: A Paradoxical Identity? 83
Against Separatism 86
Heterosexual Celibacy 90
Technologies and Effects of Heterosexual Coercion 93
Heterosexual Instrumentalism: Past and Future Directions 120
Heterosexuality: Fictional Agendas 137
Same Door, Different Closet: A Heterosexual Sissy's Coming-out Party 150
Against the Dividing of Women: Lesbian Feminism and Heterosexuality 169
Sex, Organs and Audiotape: A Discourse Analytic Approach to Talking About Heterosexual Sex and Relationships 181
Sexual Dysfunction or Heterosexual Dysfunction? 203
Sexual Violence and Compulsory Heterosexuality 219
Fear of a Black (and Working-class) Planet: Young Women and the Racialization of Reproductive Politics 239
Sleeping with the Enemy: Mothers in Heterosexual Relationships 243
Protean Woman: The Liquidity of Female Sexuality and the Tenaciousness of Lesbian Identity 246
Feminist Therapy with Heterosexual Couples: The Ultimate Issue is Domination 253
'Safe by Nature': Reconstructing Heterosexual Identity under the Sign of AIDS 257
Heterosexual Identity: Out of the Closets 261
Disability and 'Compulsory Heterosexuality' 266
A Homogeneous Habit: Heterosexual Display in the English Holiday Camp 270
Sisterhood in the Service of Patriarchy: Heterosexual Women's Friendships and Male Power 273
Index 277
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