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, 6 (3-4), 163-76

From Homophobia and Heterosexism to Heteronormativity

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From Homophobia and Heterosexism to Heteronormativity

Gust A Yep. J Lesbian Stud.

Abstract

SUMMARY By examining homophobia and heterosexism within the larger context of heteronormativity at the intersections of race, class, and gender, I propose, in this article, a model of queer interventions in the university classroom. The article is divided into three sections. First, I describe the conceptual terrain of homophobia, heterosexism, and heteronormativity, and their potential limitations. Second, I present an integrative model, using heteronormativity as the central site of violence, to examine homophobia at the intersections of race, class, and gender within the larger social and cultural domain (macroscopic level) and interpersonal context (microscopic level) and illustrate this model with specific classroom activities. Finally, I discuss the implications of the model for teaching and theorizing about homophobia, heterosexism, and heteronormativity.

Keywords: Gay; heteronormativity; heterosexism; homophobia; lesbian; pedagogy; queer.

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