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Insult and Inclusion: The Term Fag Hag and Gay Male "Community"

Dawne Moon
Social Forces
Vol. 74, No. 2 (Dec., 1995), pp. 487-510
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2580489
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2580489
Page Count: 24
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Insult and Inclusion: The Term Fag Hag and Gay Male "Community"
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Abstract

The term fag hag is normally used in gay male culture to describe a straight woman who associates with gay men. This article uses intensive interviews with gay and bisexual men to explore what the term indicates about contradictions emerging from dominant views of gender and sexual identity. Other sociological studies provide explanations for why women and gay men form relationships and how these relationships are negotiated. This article explores what the term, residing at the nexus of discourses of sexuality and gender, tells us about (1) how dominant, heterosexual culture's assumptions threaten gay identity and culture; (2) the tensions present within gay male culture's own dominant discourses, tensions which certain straight women create and/or highlight; and (3) the limitations imposed on political mobilization by a discourse that posits the existence of a coherent "gay community."

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