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Title: Heteronormativity and/as violence: the "sexing" of Gwen Araujo
Authors: Lloyd, Moya S.
Keywords: Feminism
Transgender people
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons (© Hypatia)
Citation: LLOYD, M.S., 2013. Heteronormativity and/as violence: the "sexing" of Gwen Araujo. Hypatia, 28 (4), pp. 818-834.
Abstract: This paper will examine the violence of heteronormativity: the violence that constitutes and regulates bodies according to normative notions of sex, gender, and sexuality. This violence, I will argue, requires more than a focus on gendered or sexualized physical harms of the kinds normally examined when studying violence against sexual minorities or women. Rather, it necessitates focusing on the multiple modalities through which heteronormativity performs its violence on, through, and against bodies and persons, including through the production of certain bodies and persons as inciting violence in their very being. To establish my argument, I explore the killing in 2002 of trans woman Gwen Araujo and the violence of the legal strategy (the trans panic defense) used in the legal trials that followed her killing. Both forms of violence, I suggest, operate in a similar way, albeit through different mechanisms, to maintain and extend the system of binary morphology that itself entails the perpetual violent materialization of sexed bodies.
Description: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: LLOYD, M.S., 2013. Heteronormativity and/as violence: the "sexing" of Gwen Araujo. Hypatia, 28 (4), pp. 818-834, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hypa.12015. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12015
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15590
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hypa.12015
ISSN: 0887-5367
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