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Lecture 4

SOSC 1350 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Phycology, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde

Social Science
Course Code
SOSC 1350
Julie Dowsett

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Somewhere, on the edge of consciousness, there is what I call a mythical norm, which each of us within our
hearts knows ‘that is not me.’ […] This is usually defined as white, thin, male, young, heterosexual, Christian,
and financially secure. It is with this mythical norm that the trappings of power reside within this society.
Audre Lorde (1934-1992)
Heterosexuality is not natural, just common.
T-shirt slogan (1993)
1. The Workings of Oppression and Privilege (Part 2)
a. deconstructing “normal” (review from last week)
sports teams using animals to represent their city and the team, dehumanizing those on the
team to referring them to animals
“fighting whities” – wanted to show how it feels to be a mascot
b. the “mythical norm”
c. clip from BabaKiueria
envisioning a different part of Australia seeing white people as aboriginals in Canada
2. The Social Construction of “Normalcy” and “Deviance”
a. “normal” requires “deviance”
whiteness can only be normal when there is someone else out there that is deviant
normality requires deviance to instill its place
b. privileged identities = “normal” (Perry reading)
c. importance of taking apart the centre (white, heterosexual, cisgendered, men, able-bodied) as well
as the periphery (black, brown, Aboriginal, queer, transgendered, women, disabled)
d. the study of heteronormativity is one way of taking apart the centre
taking a part a concept of hetersexualtiy
3. What is Heteronormativity?
a. a system of social relations in which heterosexuality is institutionally and ideologically privileged
at the expense of queer sexualities
what is an institution? Any structure mechanism to govern any group of people (eg. Prision,
church, the law, ect)
what is ideology? A set of ideas that attempts to make sense of the social and political world
Film eg: a girl sent away to cure her of her lesbianism (conversion therapy)
b. heterosexuality assumed to be “normal” and “natural”
c. “An Intervention” (clip from the film But I’m A Cheerleader!)
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