Sandra Marzinkowski: Marginal Marginalities Escaping the Double Bind: Double Complicity and Non-Monosexual Non-Complicity

Sandra Marzinkowski: Marginal Marginalities Escaping the Double Bind: Double Complicity and Non-Monosexual Non-Complicity

The present paper investigates the (non-)representation of non-monosexualities, an umbrella term covering bisexualities, pansexualities, sexual curiosities, fluidities, and other forms of non-monosexual queerness, in contemporary British and US-American culture. It will be argued that both the heteronormative mainstream and LGBT+ culture are complicit in the spatio-discursive exclusion of non-monosexualities by denying the latter access to a valid identity category. Additionally, this paper seeks to illustrate that non-mononormative sexual identities show themselves to be anti-complicit in the maintenance of their epistemic erasure. This non-complicity manifests itself culturally and linguistically. More and more young adults define themselves as neither completely heterosexual nor completely homosexual, thereby positioning themselves on a spectrum rather than within rigid categories. Linguistically, there has been a recent surge of new terms to describe one’s sexuality that defy both the gender binary and the inalterability of one’s sexual orientation, such as pansexuality and heteroflexibility/homoflexibility. By questioning the heterosexual/homosexual binary a new binary opposition is created: bisexualities, pansexualities, pluralities, fluidities, and polarities are juxtaposed with mono-categories. The analysis is rounded off with the suggestion to incorporate hitherto largely undertheorised identity categories such as non-monosexualities into intersectional analyses and the exploration of normalizing processes.

Rebecca Kaplan: Non-Normative Sex and Bodies in Game of Thrones: How ‘Extreme’ Bodies Question the Nature of Sex and Sexual Images

Rebecca Kaplan: Non-Normative Sex and Bodies in Game of Thrones: How ‘Extreme’ Bodies Question the Nature of Sex and Sexual Images

In this article, I examine how Game of Thrones adapts its cinematography and narrative to incorporate non-normative bodies into sexual story arcs and the implications regarding the mediated nature of sex and sex myths of moments which conform or do not conform to traditional sex scenes. Sex and romance arcs with characters of physical difference, such as a dwarf or a castrated soldier, complicate the assumed importance of the erect penis and penetrative sex. This paper examines how the show depicts or ignores non-penetrative forms of sex, female pleasure, and reciprocal relationships between able-bodied women and physically impaired men.