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Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, and Queer Perspectives

Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, and Queer Perspectives (Hardback)

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What constitutes lesbian identity?



The term homonormativity describes current prevailing idealized assumptions about lesbian identity. This concept, however, marginalizes subgroups within the greater lesbian population. Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional, and Queer Perspectives dynamically confronts homonormativity in lesbian communities by presenting expert multidisciplinary discussion about what is a definable lesbian identity. This text sensitively explores difficult issues about gender policing and the viewpoints in lesbian communities that hold that transgender, intersectional, and queer individuals are considered to have 'false consciousness.' Consequences of lesbian normativity, both for lesbian communities and for marginalized groups are examined through literary criticism, lesbian, feminist, and queer theories, corporeal philosophy, film, television, cultural criticism, personal narratives, public health, and field research.



The issue of the authenticity of lesbian identity causes rifts between some lesbian communities and the groups that strive to be included, yet are still marginalized. Challenging Lesbian Norms directly exposes practices and beliefs within lesbian communities that lead to the assumption of the prototypical lesbian. The book courageously reveals the similarities of lesbian normative stances with other views such as Christian conservative rhetoric, and reviews the health consequences of being marginalized within the lesbian communities. This text actively challenges the foundational notion within lesbian communities that a stable, immutable lesbian sex exists.



Topics in Challenging Lesbian Norms include:





human physiology, the flexibility of sexuality, and biologic determinism



marginalization within lesbian communities



transexualism and Lesbian Theory



gender and sexual identity construction, partnering practices, and issues involving queer-identified youth



demystification of the gay vibe from a femme queer woman's perspective



lesbian feminism, gender policing, and casting butch, FTM, and transgendered subjectivities as "false conciousness"



representations of lesbians in television movies



Native-American "two-spirit" women



teaching transgender, and its transformative effect



identity modeling



inclusion of transgender and intersex individuals within the lesbian communities



transgender characters in film



Latina lesbians and mental health







Challenging Lesbian Norms is stimulating, eye-opening reading that is perfect for activists, educators and students in LGBT and women's studies, and public health professionals.

LGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesGay studies: Gay menLGBT & Gender StudiesGay & Lesbian studiesLesbian studiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc Publication Date: 10/11/2006 ISBN-13: 9781560236443  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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