Date of Award

12-11-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Megan Sinnott

Second Advisor

Tiffany King

Third Advisor

Chamara Kwayke

Abstract

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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