Feminist Theory in a Heteronormative Society Analytical Essay

Reviews the interrelationship of feminist and queer theories in a heteronormative society.
# 150563 | 1,545 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper explains that, although heterosexuality is only one of many choices of sexuality, the socio-cultural sphere is still largely heteronormative, centered on the idea that male and female relationships and accompanying gender associations are natural and thereby normal. Next, the author relates the history and development of current feminism and queer theories, which address the concerns of feminist discourse.The paper concludes that, although the heteronormative concepts of identity, of masculine and feminine traits, of gender roles and of sexuality are not established facts in feminist theory, it become part of feminist theory given the reality of society.

From the Paper:

"Butler also looks into the institutions that give gender identity definition: including compulsory heterosexuality, as well as phallocentrism (which focuses on the concept the phallus as the guiding core of knowledge and values). She challenges the concept that there is a coherent feminine experience because it means that if one adopts that, they adopt the patriarchal want for a singular, coherent practice of femininity. This confines women a certain gender identity and feminine experience. She critiques another key figure on the subject of identity, Michel Foucault, who wrote on various philosophical topics including the body, knowledge and power. Although he makes little mention of the female gender, his views have influenced feminist theory. On his work with regards to power, there are four things that he notes which relate to feminist theory: "a) power can be understood in terms of a mold or capillary; b) where there is power we will find resistance; c) the operations of power, through disciplinary practices give rise to self-discipline and finally d) power is productive rather than repressive." These ideas of "power" influence both the more "classic" feminist views and the more "contemporary" views; perhaps because Foucault makes power a positive force rather than one that victimizes a "minority" group."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, 1990. Print.
  • Hughes, Christina. Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research. London: SAGE, 2002. Print.
  • Marinucci, Mimi. Feminism Is Queer: the Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory. London: Zed, 2010. Print.
  • Richardson, Diane, Janice McLaughlin, and Mark E. Casey. Intersections between Feminist and Queer Theory. Basingstoke [England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Print.
  • Warner, Michael. Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1993. Print.

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Feminist Theory in a Heteronormative Society (2012, March 12) Retrieved January 26, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/feminist-theory-in-a-heteronormative-society-150563/

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"Feminist Theory in a Heteronormative Society" 12 March 2012. Web. 26 January. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/feminist-theory-in-a-heteronormative-society-150563/>