'Girl-on-girl confessions!' Changing representations of female-female sexuality in two Australian women's magazines

Farhall, K 2018, ''Girl-on-girl confessions!' Changing representations of female-female sexuality in two Australian women's magazines', Sexualities, vol. 21, no. 12, pp. 212-232.


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Title 'Girl-on-girl confessions!' Changing representations of female-female sexuality in two Australian women's magazines
Author(s) Farhall, K
Year 2018
Journal name Sexualities
Volume number 21
Issue number 12
Start page 212
End page 232
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage
Abstract This article undertakes a feminist discourse analysis of references to female-female sexuality in selected editions of two Australian women's magazines published in 1993, 2003 and 2013. It identifies three distinct phases in the discursive evolution of female- female sexuality: the lesbian chic era of the 1990s, the rise of heteroflexibility at the turn of the century and the advent of the girl crush discourse in the 21st-century. The article examines each phase chronologically, showing that despite seemingly offering acceptance, in reality these discourses portray female-female sexuality as an adjunct to heterosexuality. In this way, they fail to disrupt heteropatriarchal sexual norms, instead privileging male desire and presenting lesbian sexuality as both a performance and a vehicle of self-objectification designed to garner male attention, or as a heterosexual flirtation that is easily discarded.
Subject Political Science not elsewhere classified
Gender Specific Studies
Media Studies
Keyword(s) Female-female
girl crush
heteroflexibility
lesbian chic
sexuality
women's magazines
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1363460716679388
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2017
ISSN 1363-4607
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