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The Tragedy of Heterosexuality in Global Context A lecture by Jane Ward Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara

May 5, 2023 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

Friday, May 05, 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Lubar Entrepreneurship Center 107

In The Tragedy of Heterosexuality, Jane Ward critiques one of the basic premises of the mainstream LGBT rights movement—that heterosexuality is easier than queerness—by asking for whom, and under what conditions, is straightness easier. Drawing from ethnographic field work, archival research, and cultural studies methods, Ward examines the 20th century emergence of a “heterosexual repair industry”—a self-help empire designed to romanticize and ease heterosexual misery while eliding attention to heteropatriarchy and the queer, feminist interventions poised to undo it.

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