1. Homophobic Reading
    Reading informed by the fear and loathing of homosexuality
  2. Homophobia
    institutionalized discrimination (discrimination that is built into a culture’s laws and customs) against gay people
  3. Internalized Homophobia
    self-hatred some gay people experience because, in their growth through adolescence to adulthood, they’ve internalized the homophobia pressed on them by heterosexual America
  4. Heterosexism
    privileging of heterosexuality
  5. Compulsory Heterosexuality
    enormous pressure to be heterosexual placed on young people by their families, schools, the church, the medical professions, and all forms of the media
  6. Heterocentrism
    assumption, often unconscious, that heterosexuality is the universal norm by which everyone’s experience can be understood
  7. Biological Essentialism
    segment of the population is naturally gay, just as the rest of the population is naturally heterosexual
  8. Social Constructionism
    homosexuality and heterosexuality are products of social, not biological, forces
  9. Universalizing views
    ways of understanding gay and lesbian experience that focus on the homosexual potential in all people
  10. Homoerotic
    erotic (though not necessarily overtly sexual) depictions that imply same-sex attraction or that might appeal sexually to a same-sex reader
  11. Homosocial
    same-sex friendship of the kind seen in female or male bonding activities
  12. Woman-identified Woman
    not restricted to the sexual domain, but consists of directing the bulk of one’s attention and emotional energy to other women and having other women as one’s primary source of emotional sustenance and psychological support
  13. Lesbian continuum
    includes a range through each woman’s life and throughout history of woman-identified experience, not simply the fact that a woman has had or consciously desired genital sexual experience with another woman
  14. Separatists
    lesbians that dissociate themselves as much as possible from all men, including gay men, and from heterosexual women as well
  15. Macho
    a “real” man
  16. Gay sensibility
    the kinds of analysis that tend to engage the attention of gay critics
  17. Drag
    practice of dressing in women’s clothing
  18. Drag Queens
    Gay men who dress in drag on a regular basis or who do it professionally
  19. Camp
    flamboyant gay drag
  20. Queer
    specific theoretical perspective (cannot be defined by such simple oppositions as homosexual/heterosexual)
  21. Object choice
    biological sex of one’s partner
  22. Homosocial bonding
    the depiction of strong emotional ties between same sex characters can create a homosocial atmosphere that may be subtly or overtly homoerotic
  23. Gay or lesbian “signs”
    two types: characteristics that hetersexist culture stereotypically associates with gay men or lesbians (appearance and behavior of “feminine” male characters or “masculine” female characters), coded signs created by the gay or lesbian subculture itself
  24. Same-Sex “doubles”
    a more subtle, somewhat abstract, form of gay and lesbian signs consist of same sex characters who look alike, act alike, or have parallel experiences
  25. Transgressive sexuality
    questions the rules of traditional heterosexuality and thus opens the door of imagination of transgressive sexualities of all kinds.
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