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Lecture: Public Displays of Heterosexual Identity

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Public Displays of Heterosexual Identity: What They Reveal About Heteronormativity, Heterosexism, Bisexuality, and Gender" and will be presented by Laurel Davis-Delano and Elizabeth Morgan.

Synopsis: In this lecture, we explore the phenomenon of heterosexual marking, which we define as behaviors believed to indicate heterosexuality. Drawing on findings from several research projects we recently conducted, we will first describe three main types of heterosexual marking behaviors. Then, we discuss four topics related to heterosexual marking: how heteronormative and heterosexist social context impacts this marking, ways this marking obscures bisexuality, the relationship between gender and marking behaviors, and how marking occurs following suspicion of being a sexual minority. We conclude by discussing some implications of our findings.

Biography: Laurel R. Davis-Delano is a Professor of Sociology at Springfield College (in MA). Laurel’s research is focused on inequality based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. Four topics covered in Laurel’s publications are Native American nicknames/logos in sport, development of women’s same-sex relationships, public displays of heterosexual identity, and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Elizabeth M. Morgan is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Springfield College in Massachusetts. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research is on adolescent and emerging adult sexual and romantic relationship development, with a primary focus on sexual identity formation, especially heterosexual and bisexual identity development.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Psychology Department, Sociology Department, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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