Canadian Feminist Periodicals, 1998

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Atlantis

Patricia Elliot. "Some Critical Reflections on the Transgender Theory of Kate Bornstein." Atlantis, vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1998), pp. 13-19.

This article critically engages aspects of Kate Bornstein's transgender theory as found in Gender Outlaw. Drawing on recent work in Lacanian psychoanalysis, and on insights from Bornstein's account, Elliot poses questions about the ways in which sex, gender, desire, and subjectivity are theorized. (Journal abstract)

Tania Trepenier. "Valuing Narratives of Hybridity and Multiplicity." Atlantis, vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1998), pp. 20-29.

By providing parallel critiques of US Third World feminism and radical lesbian feminism from the perspective of bisexual feminists and feminists of mixed race, ethnicity, and culture, the author argues that theories concerned with power, privilege, and social change would benefit from a valuation of narratives of hybridity and multiplicity. (Journal abstract)

Christine Overall. "`Peep Shows and Bedroom Access': Women's Identities and the Practice of Outing." Atlantis, vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1998), pp. 30-37.

"Passing" may be defined as the concealment of a stigmatized identity, often through the assumption of a counterpart non-stigmatized identity. "Outing" is the practice of revealing the passing of persons with stigmatized identities. Focussing on a variety of stigmatized identities usually or invariably possessed by and/or attributed to women, the author raises moral questions about the practice of outing by means of an ontological and epistemological critique of some of the assumptions on which outing is based. (Journal abstract)

Cynthia Mathieson and Lynda Endicott. "Lesbian and Bisexual Identity: Discourse of Difference." Atlantis, vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1998), pp. 38-47.

How does a lesbian or bisexual woman construct her identity? The authors examine this question through a discourse analysis of 20 interviews with lesbian and bisexual women. They theorize about the discursive production of identities using three broad classifications of discourse: "Labelling," "Coming Out," and "Building and Sustaining Identity." (Journal abstract)

Becki Ross. "`Down At the Wherehouse?': Reflections on Christian Community Service and Female Sex Deviance at Toronto's Street Haven, 1965-1969." Atlantis, vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1998), pp. 48-59.

This paper focusses on Street Haven, a drop-in centre that opened in Toronto, Ontario in 1965 to service female ex-offenders and street women, the majority of whom were lesbians, drug users, and prostitutes. Interviews and archival materials reveal how white, middle-class Haven volunteers endeavoured to improve the lives of "the girls" in the interests of "normal" womanhood. At the same time, stories told by volunteers complicate notions of societal norms unilaterally imposed by Christian "do-gooders" on "deviant" subjects. (Journal abstract)

Pamela J. Downe. "Selling Sex, Studying Sexuality: Voices of Costs Rican Prostitutes and Visions of Feminists." Atlantis, vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1998), pp. 60-68.

This paper explores the images of disembodiment and disengagement put forth in feminist representations of prostitution and prostitutes and contrasts them to the embodied and engaged experiences of 53 street prostitutes in San Jose, Costa Rica. The importance of focussing on the global as well as local context is emphasized. (Journal abstract)

Caroline Fusco. "Setting the Record Straight: The Experiences of Lesbian Athletes," Atlantis, vol. 23, no. 1 (Fall/Winter 1998), pp. 69-79.

In her master's thesis, "Lesbians and Locker Rooms," Caroline Fusco interviewed eight lesbian athletes and concluded that lesbian realities in sport can be connected to a larger set of practices which assist in the construction of a heteronormative order. In this paper she has reinterpreted previous interview material in order to examine the performances of both (homo/hetero)sexual identities in their sports in relation to this heteronormative order. …