Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Megan Sinnott

Second Advisor

Tiffany King

Third Advisor

Chamara Kwayke


In this project I seek to explore the ways in which women’s performance of femme bisexuality constitutes a threat to existing regimes of gender and sexuality in the West. In my analysis, I will consider how femme, femininity, womanhood, and bisexuality are constructed and policed, and further, how these forms of policing layer onto women’s femme bisexuality because of the identity’s potential to weaken existing hegemonic frameworks of power and control. In these considerations I will explore the history of femme as a descriptive/identity label, dominant perceptions of femininity both outside and within feminist circles, the history of bisexuality, the controversies of identity politics and visibility politics, and the contradictions and connections between queer theory and bisexual theory.

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