Girl meets girl: sexual sitings in lesbian romantic comedies

McWilliam, Kelly (2017) Girl meets girl: sexual sitings in lesbian romantic comedies. In: Intimate relationships in cinema, literature and visual culture. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., London, United Kingdom, pp. 145-155. ISBN 978-3-319-55281-1

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Hollywood romantic comedies are, by and large, an ideologically conservative genre. Based around gender stereotypes and the idealised pursuit, however disguised, of heteropatriarchal monogamy, Hollywood romantic comedies offer countless variations of heteronormative ‘intimacy’. How, then, does the shift from ‘boy meets girl’ to ‘girl meets girl’ in lesbian romantic comedies—a genre that emerged in 1994 with the release of films like Bar Girls and Go Fish—effect the representation of intimacy? This chapter focuses on Better than Chocolate to investigate how lesbian intimacies, and lesbian sex in particular, occupy space. Where are lesbian intimacies sited and what, if any, negotiations of space are triggered through the embodiment of those intimacies? Ultimately, this chapter argues that through an unusually explicit emphasis on sex, Better than Chocolate draws attention to the limited public mobility of lesbian intimacies through a consistent siting of lesbian sex as a site of spatial negotiation.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 02:55
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 02:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: lesbian romantic comedies, intimacy, sex, queer cinema, Better than Chocolate
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55281-1

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