Sexual Consent and Communication Among the Sexual Minoritized: The Role of Heteronormative Sex Education, Trauma, and Dual Identities

Brooke de Heer, Meredith Brown, Julianna Cheney

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Abstract

Prior research and the #MeToo movement have recognized the complexities of sexual consent and how it contributes to experiences of sexual violence. A heteronormative perspective often dominates discussions on sexual violence at the expense of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual minoritized individuals’ (LGBTQ+) experiences. Utilizing focus groups with LGBTQ+ people to discuss sexual consent, themes relating to sex education, defining sex in queer relationships, trauma and victimization, and overlapping gender and sexual orientation identities emerged. Findings are presented in the context of feminist and queer theoretical perspectives with particular focus on power inequity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-721
Number of pages21
JournalFeminist Criminology
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • LGBTQ
  • sexual consent
  • sexual violence
  • trauma
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law

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