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Chrys Ingraham

In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Chapter 18: Thinking Straight, Acting Bent: Heteronormativity and Homosexuality

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Thinking Straight, Acting Bent: Heteronormativity and Homosexuality
Thinking straight, acting bent: Heteronormativity and homosexuality

Thinking straight - heteronormativity, the belief system underlying institutionalized heterosexuality - constitutes the dominant paradigm in Western society. It secures a division of labor and distribution of wealth and power that requires gender, racial categories, class, and sexual hierarchies as well as ideological struggles for meaning and value. In this chapter, I argue that the preoccupation with gender in feminist scholarship obscures the significance of heterosexuality as a primary institution complete with organizing rituals and disciplining practices that regulate acting bent. While gender is a central feature of heteronormativity, it is institutionalized heterosexuality that is served by dominant or conventional constructions of gender, not the other way around. Shifting the focus from ...

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