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An honest human body:Sexuality and the continuum of resistance

Authors
Journal
Women s Studies International Forum
0277-5395
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
18
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0277-5395(95)80092-4
Disciplines
  • Linguistics

Abstract

Abstract Theories of resistance have informed ethnographic research over the last two decades. Researchers have been concerned to document the significance of counter-cultural acts of resistance and have highlighted intersections of class, gender and “race” within the processes of resistance. However, questions of sexuality have been largely silenced. This paper focuses on the experiences of six women who identify themselves as lesbian and attempts to assert the importance of sexuality within debates on resistance and accommodation. The experiences of these women reveal that lesbians are willing and able to use a conscious collage of bodily signifiers to resist the discourse of compulsory (hetero)sexuality. The “continuum of resistance” illuminated in this paper can encompass both the lesbian who wears her sexuality on a t-shirt and the lesbian who “passes” in a heterosexual frock.

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