Lesbian brides: post-queer popular culture

McNicholas Smith, K. and Tyler, I. 2017. Lesbian brides: post-queer popular culture. Feminist Media Studies. 17 (3), pp. 315-331. doi:10.1080/14680777.2017.1282883

TitleLesbian brides: post-queer popular culture
TypeJournal article
AuthorsMcNicholas Smith, K. and Tyler, I.
Abstract

The last decade has witnessed a proliferation of lesbian representations in European and North American popular culture, particularly within television drama and broader celebrity culture. The abundance of “positive” and “ordinary” representations of lesbians is widely celebrated as signifying progress in queer struggles for social equality. Yet, as this article details, the terms of the visibility extended to lesbians within popular culture often a rm ideals of hetero-patriarchal, white femininity. Focusing on the visual and narrative registers within which lesbian romances are mediated within television drama, this article examines the emergence of what we describe as “the lesbian normal.” Tracking the ways in which the lesbian normal is anchored in a longer history of “the normal gay,” it argues that the lesbian normal is indicative of the emergence of a broader post-feminist and post-queer popular culture, in which feminist and queer struggles are imagined as completed and belonging to the past. Post-queer popular culture is depoliticising in its e ects, diminishing the critical potential of feminist and queer politics, and silencing the actually existing conditions of inequality, prejudice, and stigma that continue to shape lesbian lives.

KeywordsLesbian
Television
Queer
Post-feminist
Romance
Soap opera
JournalFeminist Media Studies
Journal citation17 (3), pp. 315-331
ISSN1468-0777
1471-5902
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptLesbian Brides Completed Manuscript after Accept IT KMS.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14680777.2017.1282883
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2017.1282883
Publication dates
Published02 Feb 2017

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