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Mundane Heterosexism: Understanding Incidents of the Everyday

Peel, Elizabeth (2001) Mundane Heterosexism: Understanding Incidents of the Everyday. Women's Studies International Forum, 24 (5). pp. 541-554. ISSN 0277-5395

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In this article, discourse analysis, combined with lesbian feminist politics, are used to explore subtle forms of heterosexism in language, a social phenomenon that I have termed "mundane heterosexism," because of its everyday nature. Drawing on feminist understandings of subtle sexism and discursive psychology I analyse three forms of mundane heterosexism derived from (predominantly) tape-recorded antiheterosexism training session data: (1) prejudice against the heterosexual, (2) nonheterosexuality as a deficit and (3) refusing diversity. Two levels for challenging mundane heterosexism are discussed. interactional counterarguments, and broader societal campaigns. I conclude by advocating the necessity of further detailed analyses of the construction of mundane heterosexism, and stress the importance of heterosexism for feminist research. ? 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: gay men, attitudes, discourse, education, lesbians, heterosexism, homophobia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Elizabeth Peel
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2013 17:09
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:00

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