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Thinking Straight : The Power, Promise and Paradox of Heterosexuality - Chrys Ingraham

Thinking Straight

The Power, Promise and Paradox of Heterosexuality

By: Chrys Ingraham (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 23rd December 2004
ISBN: 9780415932721
Number Of Pages: 254

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What is heterosexuality? In recent years, scholars in all fields have spent so much time defining homosexuality, that the nature of heterosexuality goes unexplored. In White Wedding , Chrys Ingraham began to ask the important questions about the nature of the institution--how was heterosexuality invented, naturalized, normalized, and institutionalized? These questions begin to define the field that Ingraham has dubbed 'Critical Heterosexual Studies'. In Thinking Straight , a collection of original essays will unravel the current heterosexual scene. The collection will be broken into three parts: one on power, one on paradox, and one on promise. Topics will include: cartoons and heterosexuality; weddings; proms; citizenship; marriage penalties; mermaids and myth.

""Thinking Straight is a valuable contribution to critical heterosexual studies, that difficult work of keeping different-sex sexualities in social and historical focus as it questions all those traditional assumptions about heterosexuality's natural, normal, universal, and eternal character." -Jonathan Ned Katz, author of "The Invention of Heterosexuality

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction Thinking Straightp. 1
The Powerp. 13
Sexuality, Heterosexuality, and Gender Hierarchy: Getting Our Priorities Straightp. 15
From the Polluted Homosexual to the Normal Gay: Changing Patterns of Sexual Regulation in Americap. 39
Claiming Citizenship? Sexuality, Citizenship, and Lesbian Feminist Theoryp. 63
The Transformation of Heterosexism and Its Paradoxesp. 85
The Paradoxp. 107
Crossing the Borders of Gendered Sexuality: Queer Masculinities of Straight Menp. 109
White Heterosexuality: a Romance of the Straight Man's Burdenp. 131
The Mermaid and the Heterosexual Imaginationp. 151
The Promisep. 165
"someday My Prince Will Come": Disney, the Heterosexual Imaginary and Animated Filmp. 167
Out of Wedlock: Why Some Poor Women Reject Marriagep. 183
The Production of Heterosexuality at the High School Promp. 193
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: the Filming of "wedding Advice"p. 215
Appendixp. 233
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780415932721
ISBN-10: 0415932726
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 23rd December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.85  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1