the butch-femme binary<br />Hegemonic heterosexual scripts<br />in lesbian relationships<br />
When you see a lesbian couple, how often do you ask yourself: “Which one’s the man?”<br />http://www.queercents.com/wordpr...
http://cdn.soyoureengayged.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/BrideGroom.jpg<br />What about now?<br />
http://www.biggayweddings.com/Resources/dsc2579a.jpeg<br />This one’s a little harder…<br />
http://pioneersblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/lesbian-couple-flickr-muliphrenic.jpeg<br />How do you make sense of this ...
Or this one?<br />http://img.poptower.com/news-pic-2144/real-l-word.jpg?d=360<br />Why does it matter?<br />
Introduction:making sense of the world<br />In order to easily understand the world that surrounds us, we simplify, genera...
Introduction:binary systems<br />Society tends to structure the world into twos, even at a basic level of childhood games....
Introduction:making sense of same-sex relationships<br />Heterosexuality is the socially accepted norm to which all, even ...
Heterosexuality <br />the basics<br />
Heterosexuality: the basics<br />Because heterosexuality is based on polarity, it is crucial that this difference be maint...
Heterosexuality: the basics<br />Hegemonic heterosexuality is the ideal sexual script that influences how we engage in and...
Heterosexuality: the basics<br />Often, we unknowingly judge couples based on their ability to adhere to this hegemonic  m...
Heterosexuality<br />impacts and implications<br />
Heterosexuality: impacts and implications<br />The established polarity within relationships is not natural, it is sociall...
Heterosexuality: impacts and implications<br />In this context, heterosexuality requires a pair of two opposites.<br />By ...
Heterosexuality: impacts and implications<br />In order to properly embody the heterosexual model, heteropolarity must be ...
Heterosexuality: impacts and implications<br />When we judge couples’ ability to adhere to hegemonic heterosexuality, hete...
Heterosexuality<br />a new definition<br />
Heterosexualitya new definition<br />A different way to look at heterosexuality is through both relationship and sexual ro...
Heterosexualitya new definition<br />This new definition is not restricted by biological sex.<br />It is only based on a p...
Heterosexualitya new definition<br />“Heterosexual desire is eroticized power difference. Heterosexual desire originates i...
Heterosexualitya new definition<br />Defining heterosexuality in this context presents several problems.<br />It reinforce...
Heterosexualitya new definition<br />However, re-reading heterosexuality in terms of dominance does help answer the questi...
Conclusions<br />the butch-femme binary<br />
Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />When a relationship is evaluated in terms of a heterosexual script, it requires a “...
Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />The butch-femme dynamic closely models the hegemonic heterosexual script.<br />Butc...
Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />When examined on a basic level, lesbians are placed into one of these two categorie...
Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />It seems difficult to closely examine a homosexual relationship through a heterosex...
Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />Two problems arise when lesbian relationships are evaluated in terms of heteropolar...
Works Cited<br />Wilton, Tamsin. "Which One's The Man? The Heterosexualisation of Lesbian Sex." Sex, Gender, and Sexuality...
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  • Pictures: successive couples from more butch-femme to very androgynous. At end ask, why does it matter? Why does there have to be a man? Its two women.
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  • http://cdn.soyoureengayged.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/BrideGroom.jpg
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  • **Hegemonic heterosexuality, not all heterosexual couples behave this way
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    1. 1. the butch-femme binary<br />Hegemonic heterosexual scripts<br />in lesbian relationships<br />
    2. 2. When you see a lesbian couple, how often do you ask yourself: “Which one’s the man?”<br />http://www.queercents.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/Lipstick___Dipstick_3.tif.jpg<br />How can you tell?<br />
    3. 3. http://cdn.soyoureengayged.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/BrideGroom.jpg<br />What about now?<br />
    4. 4. http://www.biggayweddings.com/Resources/dsc2579a.jpeg<br />This one’s a little harder…<br />
    5. 5. http://pioneersblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/lesbian-couple-flickr-muliphrenic.jpeg<br />How do you make sense of this couple?<br />
    6. 6. Or this one?<br />http://img.poptower.com/news-pic-2144/real-l-word.jpg?d=360<br />Why does it matter?<br />
    7. 7. Introduction:making sense of the world<br />In order to easily understand the world that surrounds us, we simplify, generalize, and categorize.<br />The easiest form of generalization is a binary system:<br />man vs. woman<br />republican vs. democrat<br />heterosexual vs. homosexual<br />At a young age, we learn that the ideal, or hegemonic relationship consists of one man and one woman.<br />
    8. 8. Introduction:binary systems<br />Society tends to structure the world into twos, even at a basic level of childhood games.<br />Me vs. you<br />Us vs. them<br />Boys vs. girls<br />Men and women are historically understood as opposites, the two categories of biological sex.<br />Heterosexuality is then constructed around this concept of opposites. <br />
    9. 9. Introduction:making sense of same-sex relationships<br />Heterosexuality is the socially accepted norm to which all, even homosexual, relationships are compared.<br />The butch-femme binary is a product of the heterosexualization of lesbian relationships.<br />
    10. 10. Heterosexuality <br />the basics<br />
    11. 11. Heterosexuality: the basics<br />Because heterosexuality is based on polarity, it is crucial that this difference be maintained.<br />The relationship roles that men and women are expected to fill tend to be complementary opposites.<br />
    12. 12. Heterosexuality: the basics<br />Hegemonic heterosexuality is the ideal sexual script that influences how we engage in and perceive relationships. <br />one man and one woman<br />a monogamous relationship<br />ultimate goals are marriage and procreation<br />
    13. 13. Heterosexuality: the basics<br />Often, we unknowingly judge couples based on their ability to adhere to this hegemonic model.<br />http://h3sean.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Man-pursuing-woman-300x300.jpg<br />
    14. 14. Heterosexuality<br />impacts and implications<br />
    15. 15. Heterosexuality: impacts and implications<br />The established polarity within relationships is not natural, it is socially constructed.<br />Social construction:<br />Social phenomena are specific to time and place<br />Sexual and gender identities are cultural and political products dependent on the available categories<br />
    16. 16. Heterosexuality: impacts and implications<br />In this context, heterosexuality requires a pair of two opposites.<br />By literal definition, the term “hetero-sexual” means: “sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex.”<br />Since the hegemonic relationship script is heterosexuality, all relationships require two opposites to be legitimate.<br />The only available categories are man and woman, dominant and subordinate.<br />[Wilton 158]<br />
    17. 17. Heterosexuality: impacts and implications<br />In order to properly embody the heterosexual model, heteropolarity must be maintained.<br />Heteropolarity<br />The understanding that in relationships, only opposites attract.<br />Positive-negative<br />Strong-weak<br />Man-woman [Wilton 159]<br />
    18. 18. Heterosexuality: impacts and implications<br />When we judge couples’ ability to adhere to hegemonic heterosexuality, heteropolarityplays a key role.<br />The model that society identifies as the appropriate relationship requires two opposites.<br />It might seem counterintuitive, but the heterosexual model is still used to assess the validity of same-sex couples.<br />
    19. 19. Heterosexuality<br />a new definition<br />
    20. 20. Heterosexualitya new definition<br />A different way to look at heterosexuality is through both relationship and sexual roles.<br />In this new definition, the labels “man” and “woman” are identified as follows:<br />Man<br />Sexually dominant individual<br />Women<br />Sexually subordinate individual<br />
    21. 21. Heterosexualitya new definition<br />This new definition is not restricted by biological sex.<br />It is only based on a polarity of both sexual and social dominance versus subordination.<br />[Wilton 161]<br />
    22. 22. Heterosexualitya new definition<br />“Heterosexual desire is eroticized power difference. Heterosexual desire originates in the the power relationship between men and women, but it can also be experienced in same sex relationships.”<br />Using this definition, a lesbian relationship can be understood in a heterosexual context.<br />[Wilton 161]<br />
    23. 23. Heterosexualitya new definition<br />Defining heterosexuality in this context presents several problems.<br />It reinforces the misperception that woman are and ought to be subordinate to men. *<br />It still relies on a binary structure.<br />It is common that relationships are give-and-take where one individual is not dominant in every situation.<br />[Wilton 157] <br />
    24. 24. Heterosexualitya new definition<br />However, re-reading heterosexuality in terms of dominance does help answer the question, “Which one’s the man?” in lesbian relationships.<br />But why is it necessary to ask that question in the first place?<br />
    25. 25. Conclusions<br />the butch-femme binary<br />
    26. 26. Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />When a relationship is evaluated in terms of a heterosexual script, it requires a “man” and a “woman.”<br />The butch-femme couple satisfies this heterosexual model for lesbian relationships.<br />[Wilton 161]<br />
    27. 27. Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />The butch-femme dynamic closely models the hegemonic heterosexual script.<br />Butch = Man, Femme = Woman<br />http://images1.fanpop.com/images/photos/2100000/Ellen-Portia-ellen-degeneres-2119413-1222-1191.jpg<br />
    28. 28. Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />When examined on a basic level, lesbians are placed into one of these two categories. <br />Lesbian gender-identity is constructed as a binary system due to the influence of heteropolarity.<br />But what do we do when a couple does not appear to fit the heterosexual model?<br />
    29. 29. Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />It seems difficult to closely examine a homosexual relationship through a heterosexual lens.<br />How can we understand a relationship based, by definition, on “sameness” while trying to identify the difference?<br />
    30. 30. Conclusionsthe butch-femme binary<br />Two problems arise when lesbian relationships are evaluated in terms of heteropolarity.<br />It reinforces the oppression of women in their subordinate and submissive roles.<br />It prevents the acquisition of a complete understanding of lesbian relationships. All relationships, regardless of gender, are significantly more complex than a complementary pair of opposites. <br />
    31. 31. Works Cited<br />Wilton, Tamsin. "Which One's The Man? The Heterosexualisation of Lesbian Sex." Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics: An Anthology. Ed. Abby L. Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb, and TreWentling. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2009. 157-170. Print.<br />

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