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Sexuality, Geography and/of

  • By: Thomas Chapman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Geographies of sexuality focus on the idea that there is a spatial component to the connections between sexuality (in all its forms), power, and knowledge. This body of work, following on the heels of the poststructural turn in the social sciences and humanities, is a direct outgrowth of feminist geography. Social and spatial constructions of both gender and sex are invoked through issues of heteropatriarchy, which challenges the unequal power relations between those at “the center” (usually heterosexual males) and all other gendered and sexual identities. Lesbians in particular suffer even greater oppression due to the dual constructions of gender and sexuality. As seen through the eyes of lesbian feminist geographers, perceptions of space and place are very important when played out through these manifestations ...

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