Barker (2007)

Barker, M. (2007). Heteronormativity and the exclusion of bisexuality in psychology. In V. Clarke & E. Peel (Eds.), Out in Psychology: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer Perspectives. pp.86-118. Chichester, UK: Wiley.


Higher education is a site of ‘thundering heteronormativity’, where lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) sexualities continue to be silenced (Epstein et al., 2003, p.102). Whilst curricula at liberal institutions occasionally add on LGB-relevant material, a heterosexual norm is still perpetuated in the hidden curriculum (Epstein, 1995) through overt harassment of staff and students, structural impediments to those who identify as LGB, and only tokenistic course coverage which gives a clear message that LGB sexualities are different and strange (Eyre, 1993). This chapter updates Simoni’s (2000) research to display the ways in which such heteronormativity is reproduced within psychology textbooks.

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