An Appetite for Activism: The Lesbian Avengers and the Queer Politics of Visibility

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Abstract

The Lesbian Avengers, an activist group of the early 1990s, utilized rhetorics of visibility to draw attention to lesbian issues, highlighting their gendered and sexualized bodies. Coinciding with the emergence of lesbian chic in popular culture, the Avengers complicated the bodily abstraction presumed in public discourse by flaunting a sexual excessiveness that could not be contained by a heteronormative economy of desire. Premised on displacement, the Avengers' visibility therefore productively queers the politics of visibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-141
Number of pages21
JournalWomen's Studies in Communication
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 8 2013

Keywords

  • Lesbian Avengers
  • activism
  • embodiment
  • lesbian chic
  • queer
  • visibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Communication

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