Girl meets girl: sexual sitings in lesbian romantic comedies

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McWilliam, Kelly. 2017. "Girl meets girl: sexual sitings in lesbian romantic comedies." Padva, Gilad and Buchweitz, Nurit (ed.) Intimate relationships in cinema, literature and visual culture. London, United Kingdom. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 145-155
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Girl meets girl: sexual sitings in lesbian romantic comedies

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleIntimate relationships in cinema, literature and visual culture
Authors
AuthorMcWilliam, Kelly
EditorsPadva, Gilad and Buchweitz, Nurit
Page Range145-155
Chapter Number11
Number of Pages11
Year2017
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9783319552811
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55281-1
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-55281-1_11
Abstract

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.

Keywordslesbian romantic comedies, intimacy, sex, queer cinema, Better than Chocolate
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
360501. Cinema studies
470214. Screen and media culture
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Arts and Communication
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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