Queer heterosexuality

Queer heterosexuality is heterosexual practice or identity that is controversially called queer. "Queer heterosexuality" is argued to consist of heterosexual, cisgender and allosexual persons who show nontraditional gender expressions, or who adopt gender roles that differ from the hegemonic masculinity and femininity of their particular culture.[1]

The concept was first discussed in the mid-1990s, critically within radical feminism,[2] and as a positive identification by Clyde Smith in a paper delivered at a conference in Amsterdam in 1997;[3] in 2003, The Village Voice published an article called "The Queer Heterosexual", which has since been cited by others using the term.[4]

The idea that any heterosexual can be called "queer" is highly contested.[5] Some in the LGBTQ+ community consider the use of the term "queer" by heterosexual people to be an offensive misappropriation, involving members perceived not to experience oppression for their sexual orientation or gender identity appropriating aspects of queer identities perceived as "fashionable" or attractive, and disregarding the concurrent oppression experienced by those they appropriate from.[5][6]


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