WGST 2P98 Chapter Notes - Chapter WGST 2P98, Week 5, Nicole LaMarre, Reading Note: Sexual Fluidity, Heteroflexibility, Heterosexuality

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Sexual Narratives of straight Women
Nicole LaMarre
State University of New York at Albany Week Six Reading
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Sexuality is comprised of many facets.
Sexual orientation/self-identification of sexuality based on gender/sex of preferred part-
ners, is only one aspect of sexuality.
Sexual practices, desires and fantasies have a fluidity that challenges the notion of fixed
sexual identities.
The Trouble with Sexual Identity
Social groups and institutions are organized around sexual orientation.
Common foundation of many groups they construct individuals and families around fixed
sexual identity categories.
Gay and lesbian organizations have had an often tenuous relationship with bisexuals.
Gay and lesbian organizations present homosexuality as a natural condition.
Bisexual organizations present multiple desires and to blur the boundaries between heter-
osexuality and homosexuality.
Members within groups often do not agree on key issues.
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Heteronormative society.
o Heterosexuality is institutionalized and naturalized to the point where it is seen as
the basis of family and society, sexual identities become highly politicized because
they are a gateway to social privileges (Warner 1994)
o Heterosexuality ass a sexual identity only emerged in the twentieth century (Kattz
1996)”
Heterosexuality and Heteroflexibility
Media often fails to recognize heterosexuality as a hegemonic social institution that exerts
considerable pressure on individuals.
Heterosexuality is presented only as an individual choice concealing its status as a social
intuition.
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Exploring Heterosexuality: fluidity between sexual identification, acts and desires
Contemporary sexualities are limited by social constraints at the same time that individuals
are experiencing increased fluidity in their sexual identities.
Sexual fluidity that challenges the rigid identity categories.
Heterosexuality is not sufficient for categorizing sexuality, as sexuality is far too compli-
cated to reduce to gender/sex preference.
Case Study #1 Alice
Actions rather than desires or fantasies as the basis for establishing a heterosexual/homo-
sexual identity.
Identified as a heterosexual with bisexual tendencies.
o Until I have sex with a female I will still consider myself a heterosexual.
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Sexual orientation/self- identification of sexuality based on gender/sex of preferred part- ners, is only one aspect of sexuality. Sexual practices, desires and fantasies have a fluidity that challenges the notion of fixed sexual identities. Social groups and institutions are organized around sexual orientation. Common foundation of many groups they construct individuals and families around fixed sexual identity categories. Gay and lesbian organizations have had an often tenuous relationship with bisexuals. Gay and lesbian organizations present homosexuality as a natural condition. Bisexual organizations present multiple desires and to blur the boundaries between heter- osexuality and homosexuality. Members within groups often do not agree on key issues. Media often fails to recognize heterosexuality as a hegemonic social institution that exerts considerable pressure on individuals. Heterosexuality is presented only as an individual choice concealing its status as a social intuition. Exploring heterosexuality: fluidity between sexual identification, acts and desires.

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