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Male Lesbians and the Postmodernist Body

Jacquelyn N. Zita
Hypatia
Vol. 7, No. 4, Lesbian Philosophy (Autumn, 1992), pp. 106-127
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810081
Page Count: 22
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Male Lesbians and the Postmodernist Body
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Abstract

This essay explores the criteria for lesbian identity attribution through the case study of "male lesbians": biological males who claim to be lesbians. I analyze such sex/gender identity attribution through the lens of postmodernism, which provides a workable theoretical framework for "male lesbian" identities. My conclusions explore the historicity and cultural constructedness of the body's sex/gender identities, revealing the limitations of both "the postmodernized body" and "the essentialized modernist body."

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