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Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the ClosetLesbian and Gay Displacement$
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Cheshire Calhoun

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199257663.001.0001

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The Shape of Lesbian and Gay Subordination

The Shape of Lesbian and Gay Subordination

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(p.75) 4 The Shape of Lesbian and Gay Subordination
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Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet
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Cheshire Calhoun (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199257663.003.0004

It is argued that lesbian and gay subordination differs substantially in form from gender and racial oppression. In particular, it does not materialize in a disadvantaged place that would sharply reduce the access of lesbians and gay men as a group to basic social goods. Instead, lesbians and gays are systematically displaced to the outside of civil society so that they have no legitimized place, not even a disadvantaged one. The displacement occurs because of the requirement that all citizens adopt at least the appearance of a heterosexual identity as a condition of access to the public sphere. Various aspects of this displacement are addressed in detail.

Keywords:   disadvantage, gay subordination, gender oppression, heterosexuality, lesbian subordination, racial oppression

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