Sexed Texts: Language, Gender and Sexuality

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Sexed Texts explores the complex role that language plays in the construction of sexuality and gender, two concepts that are often discussed separately, although in practice are closely intertwined. The book draws on a range of theoretical perspectives and published research including performativity theory, feminism, queer studies, psychoanalytical theory, Marxism, social constructionism and essentialism. Illustrative examples are taken from written, spoken, internet, ...
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Overview

Sexed Texts explores the complex role that language plays in the construction of sexuality and gender, two concepts that are often discussed separately, although in practice are closely intertwined. The book draws on a range of theoretical perspectives and published research including performativity theory, feminism, queer studies, psychoanalytical theory, Marxism, social constructionism and essentialism. Illustrative examples are taken from written, spoken, internet, non-verbal, visual, media-scripted and naturally occurring texts.

Some of the questions addressed in the book include: how do people construct their own and others' gendered or sexual identities through the use of language? What is the relationship between language and desire? In what ways do language practices help to reflect and shape different gendered/sexed discourses as 'normal', problematic or contested? Taking a broadly deconstructionist perspective, the book progresses from examining what are seen as preferable or acceptable ways to express gender and sexuality, moving towards more 'tolerated' identities, practices and desires, and finally arriving at marginalised and tabooed forms. The book locates sexuality and gender as socially constructed, and therefore examines language use in terms of socio-historical factors, linking changing conceptualisations of identity, discourse and desire to theories surrounding regulation, globalisation, new technologies, marketisation and consumerism.

About the Author:
Paul Baker is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845530747
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/20/2008
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
'Some people get really angry about labels'     1
Defining terms     3
Why gender and sexuality?     7
Identity, difference and power     10
Language and identity     14
Action research?     16
Texts and methodologies     20
Overview of the book     23
Accounting for difference     29
Introduction     29
Jespersen and Legman - deficit     29
Second wave feminism - dominance     32
Sexist language and political correctness     36
Men are from Mars - difference     41
Difference revisited - corpus approaches     45
'Gay' language     50
Doing gender: community and performativity     63
Community, contact and co-operation     63
Gender as performance     72
Conclusion     87
Constructing normality: gendered discourses and heteronormativity     91
Gendered discourses     91
Compulsory heterosexuality and heteronormativity     107
Conclusion     118
Maintaining boundaries: hegemony and erasure     121
Introduction     121
Hegemonic masculinity     122
Hegemonic femininity?     136
Exaggerating binaries: the erasure of bisexuality     145
Conclusion     152
Selling sex: commodification and marketisation     155
Introduction     155
A new, improved gender!     156
Commodity feminism and the 'pink pound'     166
The marketisation of the self: personal adverts     174
Resisting commodification?     178
Conclusion     182
Queering identity: the new tolerance (and its limits)     185
Introduction     185
Queer theory     186
Queer straights     197
Bachelors and husbands     203
Conclusion     215
Exploring taboo: on and beyond the margins     219
Introduction     219
Vile perverts     220
Doggers, feeders and swingers     227
Straight to hell     240
Conclusion     248
Conclusion     251
References     265
Index     289
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