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Crossing the Border: Locating Heterosexuality as a Boundary for Lesbian Women and Disabled Women

By Clare Beckett-Wrighton

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NoThis article draws on my personal experience, and on the separate\ud experiences of 'leaving heterosexuality' and of 'being disabled'. I have attempted to\ud find common ground for action between these two groups by interrogating the\ud experience of being sexual. I argue that heterosexuality functions as a social\ud matrix, with exclusionary practices that operate in similar ways towards both\ud groups. Mechanisms may be different, but the experience of exclusion is similar,\ud and is based on similar practices. This article focuses on specific points in the\ud exclusionary process, and illustrates similarities

Topics: Heterosexuality, ; Disability, ; Lesbian
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/4073
Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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