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In this lecture, Yvette Taylor will draw upon two research projects Working-class Lesbian Lives: Classes Outsiders, Taylor 2007 and Lesbian and Gay Parents: Securing Social and Educational Capital, Taylor, 2009 to highlight the ways that sexual lives and experiences inevitably intersect with class (dis)advantages.
While much has been written of the dangers of ignoring class in researching and theorizing sexuality, it remains somewhat sidelined and absent in contemporary work on sexualities, having weighty consequences for the understandings and knowledge produced. The academy tends to reproduce a middle-class LGBT experience as universal, negating the ‘queerness’ of working class experience.
Yvette Taylor is a lecturer in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University,
UK. Her publications include Taylor, Y. (2007) Working-class lesbian life: Classed Outsiders. Palgrave Macmillan, Taylor, Y. (2009) Lesbian and Gay Parenting: securing Social and Educational Capital. Palgrave Macmillan and Taylor, Y. (2008) “That’s not really my scene: working-class lesbians in (and out of) place” sexualities11 (5), 523-546. She is currently working on an edited collection (2010) Our Working-Class Lives. Ashgate, and an ESRC funded project “From the Coal Face to the car Park: Intersections of class and gender” (2007-2009).
For more information contact Yasmine Amor : y_amor[at]alcor[dot]concordia[dot]ca