Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology
Heterosexist microaggressions as masculine practices: Reconsidering ‘crisis’
Dr Russell Luyt
Rosemary is a member of our Gender and Sexualities Research Area, part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.
Heterosexist microaggressions have to date been conceptualised as subtle manifestations of heterosexism that have emerged in Western societies in response to decreasing tolerance for explicit heterosexism. Consequently, they are generally understood to result from enduring traits or attitudes intrinsic to individuals. My thesis involves drawing upon insights from the literature on masculinities in order to reinterpret heterosexist microaggressions from a social constructionist perspective as discursive practices which manifest in interactions between people and serve to (re)instantiate gender identities and (re)produce dominant gender relations. This reinterpretation has implications for how heterosexist microaggressions are investigated empirically and addressed in applied settings. Accordingly, potential methodological strategies which utilise techniques from critical social and discursive psychology will be devised and trialled.
Lobban, R. (2010). 'Are Lakoff’s and Spender’s approaches to understanding language and gender still relevant today?' Psych-Talk, 67, 46-47.
Luyt, R., Welch, C., & Lobban, R. (2015). 'Diversity in gender and visual representation: An introduction'.Journal of Gender Studies, 24, 383-385.
Zawisza, M., & Lobban, R. (2015). 'Implicit and explicit gender attitudes as predictors of the effectiveness of non-traditionally gendered advertisements.' International Journal of Consumer Research, 3, 34-55.
Lobban, R., & Luyt, R. (2012). Re-evaluating femininities: Geography, imaginary positions and embodiment. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, St Andrews University, UK.
Zawisza, M., Lobban, R., & Gardiner, N. (2012). Social desirability and the predictive power of implicit and explicit gender attitudes in determining the effectiveness of gendered adverts. Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, St Andrews University, UK.