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Equally Queer? Strategic Lesbianism in Diane DiMassa's 'Hothead Paisan'

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Linke, Katja

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Abstract "In recent years, more and more people have chosen gender-neutral terms like “queer” over gender-specific terms like lesbian and gay to indicate their non-normative gender and/or sexuality. While there are many good reasons for this development, the loss of gender-specific terms makes it harder to address gender-specific experiences of sexism both within and beyond queer communities. A close reading of Diane DiMassa’s comic, "The Complete Hothead Paisan. Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist", points to the possibility of a strategic use of the term lesbian that avoids the pitfalls of essentialism and gender-normativity, while still retaining its critical potential." (author's abstract)
Keywords gender; identity; language; queer studies; sexism; gender; homosexuality
Classification Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 29-43
Journal Soziologiemagazin : publizieren statt archivieren, 6 (2013) 1
Issue topic Sex, Gender, Diversity und Reifikation. (Wozu) brauchen wir (ein) Geschlecht?
ISSN 2190-9768
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications