How Is Gender Performed A Heterosexual, Homosocial Female Home?

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How is gender performed in a heterosexual, homosocial female home?

“Woman is shut up in a kitchen or in a boudoir, and astonishment is expressed that her horizon is limited. Her wings are clipped, and it is found deplorable that she cannot fly. Let but the future be opened to her, and she will no longer be compelled to linger in the present.”
Simone de Beauvoir - The Second Sex.

2) Introduction 200 – 250 words
Male perspectives write women out of public space and into private space in a very distinct way, evidenced historically in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Émile, in which biological determinism is used to legitimise the gendered construction of the family. Judith Butler’s perspective on the construction of gender through performativity has
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how then does the performance of gender become visible in the home of two heterosexual women? Argue that in the absence of a male the female identity becomes more fluid and neutral, due to the removal of a binary counterpoint. The main argument of this work can also be seen as a contemporary reworking of the idea that it is suffocating for a woman to be restricted to narrow gender roles, as outlined in A Room of One’s own (Woolf) and The Second Sex (de Beauvoir) and that removal from these historically constructed roles can be evidenced in the home. The demonstration of identity is more in tune with individual personality and less related to historical domestic roles of wife and mother.
3) Methodology. 300 – 400 words
The evidence for this qualitative research is compiled in part from empirical study, whilst also including auto-ethnographic elements. Existing research around the topic of the home focuses domestic space in terms of gender as either oppressive or a source of liberation through ownership by articulation of the self through material culture and domestic routines. However this work pays attention to heterosexual relationships in terms of the family, with homosexual relationships (family or not) given as a further site of resistance to gender norms.
There is an opportunity to address homosocial relationships as a further site of complexity in relation to gender norms – in terms of how identity is performed in the home. To discuss heterosexual

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