Gender outlaws or a slow bending of norms?: South African bisexual women's treatment of gender binaries

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-19 en
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-17T14:46:29Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-17T14:46:29Z
dc.date.issued 2017-10-19 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11294
dc.description.abstract A monosexual configuration of sexuality assumes that sexual desire is directed at either men or women. Bisexuality resists a choice between oppositional categories and is often theorised as having a transgressive potential to destabilise binary logic, not only in relation to sexuality but also to gender. There is, however, a lack of empirical work exploring how this potential might be realised in the accounts of bisexual individuals. Drawing on interviews with South African bisexual women, we use a narrative-discursive lens to examine the discursive resources employed by participants to trouble or resist hetero-gendered norms. Our findings demonstrate how resistance to the gender binary hinges on citational politics that are fundamentally gendered and linked to sexuality. Instead of entirely destabilising hetero-gendered norms, participants draw on gendered scripts that simultaneously expand norms to accommodate their sexual difference and, through processes of othering, function to reiterate hetero-gendered norms. While complete subversion of gender binaries is not possible in participants' discursive contexts, what does occur is a 'slow bending' of norms. Theorising bisexuality as transgressing oppositional categories closes off opportunities to interrogate the pervasive influence of gender binaries in contexts that remain marked by pervasive heteronormativity and heterosexism. Significantly, it also obscures more modest improvisations of gender scripts that hold potential for destabilising gender binaries. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject BISEXUALITY en
dc.subject GENDER EQUALITY en
dc.subject WOMEN en
dc.title Gender outlaws or a slow bending of norms?: South African bisexual women's treatment of gender binaries en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 19(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Feminist Theory en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10008 en
dc.PageNumber 269-288 en
dc.outputnumber 8955 en
dc.bibliographictitle Lynch, I. & Maree, D. (2017) Gender outlaws or a slow bending of norms?: South African bisexual women's treatment of gender binaries. Feminist Theory. 19(3):269-288. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11294 en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Lynch, I. en
dc.contributor.author2 Maree, D. en


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