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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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It’s about This: Lesbians, Prison, Desire

It’s about This: Lesbians, Prison, Desire

(p.448) (p.449) It’s about This: Lesbians, Prison, Desire
Law and Popular Culture

Jenni Millbank

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with the legal aspects in the depiction of lesbians in motion pictures. It explains that lesbians are often portrayed as violent aggressors and anti-social in films and suggests that such portrayals do contribute to a culture of anti-lesbian discrimination and violence. It analyses three narratives of transgressive lesbian desire and argues that each of them offers a challenge to a hetero-normative representational codes.

Keywords:   lesbians, motion pictures, violent aggressors, anti-lesbian discrimination, lesbian desire

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