Heterodoxy: Challenging orthodoxies about heterosexuality

Chris Beasley, Mary Holmes, Heather Brook

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The intention of this article is to challenge orthodoxies regarding heterosexuality, which have tended to constitute it as a static monolith and queer as the only potential site for a less oppressive sexuality. By contrast, we consider heterodox possibilities for pleasure and change within the realm of the dominant. We examine three examples – divergence, transgression and subversion – and then consider some terminologies that might flesh out experiential aspects of these examples of social change in heterosexuality. This conjunction offers a means to acknowledge heterosexuality’s coercive aspects while attending to its more egalitarian, less orthodox forms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-697
Number of pages17
Issue number5/6
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2015


  • Gender
  • heterosexuality
  • queer
  • sexuality
  • social change


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