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‘Gender, Sexuality and
Heterosexuality’ by Stevi Jackson
A presentation by Jack and Jamila
Overview
• Jackson stressed the importance of
heterosexuality in feminist thought.
• ‘Heteronormativity’
• Heterosexuality...
The Social
• Consists of four dimensions:
1. Structural, patterned social relations that
shape social order at a macro lev...
A view from above: the structural
dimension
• ‘View from above’ – Jackson takes this stance,
which means to appreciate the...
Heteronormativity
Refers to the idea that heterosexuality
is the accepted norm in society.
Heteronormativity is maintained by:
• The meanings and understandings that people
hold about the world.
• These tend to ha...
Heteronormativity is maintained by:
• Everyday interactions and practices.
• For example, women being identified and
evalu...
‘The Social Self’
• The self is not a fixed structure but is always
‘in process’.
• Forms of gendered and sexual self-hood...
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Jamila jack week7 gender and sexuality presentation

  1. 1. ‘Gender, Sexuality and Heterosexuality’ by Stevi Jackson A presentation by Jack and Jamila
  2. 2. Overview • Jackson stressed the importance of heterosexuality in feminist thought. • ‘Heteronormativity’ • Heterosexuality, gender and sexuality intersect and interact with different dimensions of ‘the social’.
  3. 3. The Social • Consists of four dimensions: 1. Structural, patterned social relations that shape social order at a macro level. 2. Social relations and practices, which are filled with meaning. 3. The ‘everyday’, routine social practices. 4. Social agents or subjects (sexual and gendered selves).
  4. 4. A view from above: the structural dimension • ‘View from above’ – Jackson takes this stance, which means to appreciate the existence of structural, patterned inequalities. • For example, inequalities in distributions of resources and the division of labour. • Gender and heterosexuality are structural phenomena • Structural constraints impinge on everyday life, differentially enabling/ constraining patterns of existence. • Sexuality is not a structural phenomenon.
  5. 5. Heteronormativity Refers to the idea that heterosexuality is the accepted norm in society.
  6. 6. Heteronormativity is maintained by: • The meanings and understandings that people hold about the world. • These tend to have a ‘normalizing effect’ on discussions of gender and sexuality. • For example, most of us are taught from a young age that heterosexuality is the norm and homosexuality is the deviant other.
  7. 7. Heteronormativity is maintained by: • Everyday interactions and practices. • For example, women being identified and evaluated in terms of their sexual availability/attractiveness to men. • A woman’s ‘role’ in a heterosexual relationship as the wife and mother.
  8. 8. ‘The Social Self’ • The self is not a fixed structure but is always ‘in process’. • Forms of gendered and sexual self-hood are culturally and historically specific. • Gendered and sexual selves continue to be renegotiated throughout our lives.

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