behavior and the morality attributed to it are favored over the non-heterocentric.
Heterosexist ambivalence and heterocentric
norms: Drinking in intergroup discomfort.
(65) Mison succinctly diagnoses the defendant's goal in using the homosexual advance defense: In seeking to avail himself of the provocation defense the defendant hopes that the typical American juror--a product of homophobic and heterocentric
American society--will evaluate the homosexual victim and homosexual overture with feelings of fear, revulsion, and hatred.
D'Augelli (1998) discussed the heterocentric
bias in the United States and the contexts in which same-sex affection is acceptable.
Ryan's "heterosexual history," and Lillian Faderman's notion of "heterocentric
," an adjective she used "to condemn a world-view that made homosexuals (especially lesbians) invisible." All of this put heterosexuality in distress and on the defensive.
And thus it epitomizes the rigidity of sexual definition in a heterocentric
Chapter five, for example, examines aging in the industry and why "everyone wanted to date a dancer, [but] nobody wanted to marry one." Throughout the entire book, Ross makes sure to cut across lines of race, class, gender and sexuality, even stopping to look at the place of queer identities in the often heterocentric
, yet homoerotic, business of selling fantasies.
Other methodological considerations include urban versus rural; the young-old (50) versus those over 65; and the effects living in a heterocentric
society has on one's willingness to participate.
Whether or not we should expect queer commentators' reasons for silence to be less heterocentric
or homophobic than those of their nonqueer-identified counterparts (for surely being queer does not preclude one from internalizing a homophobic outlook), in other respects these reasons were identical.
Easton's complex reading of how the film's protagonist Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) is a gay character who attempts to pass as straight does justice to the movie's complicated political subtext, although Easton laments the film's failure definitively to contest heterosexual masculinity's privileged position in American society: "The problem of GATTACA and other popular texts that attempt to question the dominant discourses from within the popular is that they remain mired in the heterocentric
discourses that keep science fiction futures on the straight and, alas, narrow" (81).
Although Tepper, like other critics in this section, claims that "homoerotic energies" are "channeled into the maintenance of the heterocentric
social order" (71), her readings actually suggest the inadequacy of the heterosexual/homosexual binary.
Interestingly, the most stinging part for my friend was his detachment from the heterocentric
drama unfolding around him at the military base.