Heterosexism (see also Coming out)

  • Mary E. Hunt


The normative assumption that a religious studies professional will be a man goes along with the notion that he will be heterosexual. Most of us using this guide are living proof that the first assumption is wrong; some of us disprove the second as lesbian and bisexual women make distinguished contributions to the field. Still, our field is rife with the outmoded assumptions of heterosexual normativity that simply need to be replaced. The price can be high for those who are lesbian/gay/bisexual and transgender in our field. But we are all responsible for resisting heterosexist assumptions. There is a group called the GLBT Activist Scholars in Religion that meets each year at the AAR and SBL Annual Meetings. The gatherings are open to all interested colleagues and are a good chance to discuss contemporary concerns.

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