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Love Me Gender: Normative Homosexuality and "Ex-gay" Performativity in Reparative Therapy Narratives
Text and Performance Quarterly (2003)
  • Jeffrey A. Bennett, University of Iowa
Abstract

Advocates of "reparative therapy" employ a modified version of Judith Butler's "normative heterosexuality" discourse to "cure" gays and lesbians. Coupling Butler with a "coming out of homosexuality" personal narrative, reorientation texts such as Love Won Out construct a ubiquitous foundation for sexual identity and collective experience. At the text's conclusion, a tension is produced between a constitutive conception of identity and a more traditional notion of self, grounded in a secured ontological base. These conflicting constructs are ultimately productive for performance scholars, illustrating an attempt to refigure the location of sexual identity and forge new positions of performativity

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Publication Date
October, 2003
Citation Information
Jeffrey A. Bennett. "Love Me Gender: Normative Homosexuality and "Ex-gay" Performativity in Reparative Therapy Narratives" Text and Performance Quarterly Vol. 23 Iss. 4 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeffrey_bennett/8/