This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.
Chapter 13: Heteronormativity and Passionate Aesthetics
Heteronormativity and Passionate Aesthetics
Heteronormativity refers to a regime in which sexual conduct and kinship relations are organized in such a way that a specific regime of heterosexuality becomes the culturally accepted ‘natural’ order. Thus gender relations, biological sex, sexuality, gender identity and normative gender roles are aligned in such a way that a dominant view of erotic and intimate relations and kinship patterns is produced. This hegemonic pattern is reflected in legal regulations, religious and moral injunctions and various kinds of social policies. Heteronormativity works as a double-edged sword, policing those who fall within its porous and shifting borders, and abjecting those who find themselves relegated to the fringes or outside of ...