Learning Queer Identity in the Digital Age

 This book explores, through specific analysis of media representations, personal interviews, and historical research, how the digital environment perpetuates harmful and limiting stereotypes of queerness. Siebler argues that heteronormativity has co

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Learning Queer Identity in the Digital Age

Kay Siebler

Learning Queer Identity in the Digital Age

Kay Siebler Missouri Western State Univerity St Joseph, Missouri, USA

ISBN 978-1-137-60322-7 ISBN 978-1-137-59950-6 DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-59950-6


Library of Congress Control Number: 2016942856 © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016 This work is subject to copyright. All rights are solely and exclusively licensed by the Publisher, whether the whole or part of the material is concerned, specifically the rights of translation, reprinting, reuse of illustrations, recitation, broadcasting, reproduction on microfilms or in any other physical way, and transmission or information storage and retrieval, electronic adaptation, computer software, or by similar or dissimilar methodology now known or hereafter developed. The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use. The publisher, the authors and the editors are safe to assume that the advice and information in this book are believed to be true and accurate at the date of publication. Neither the publisher nor the authors or the editors give a warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein or for any errors or omissions that may have been made. Cover illustration: Hero Images Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo Printed on acid-free paper This Palgrave Macmillan imprint is published by Springer Nature The registered company is Nature America Inc. New York

Dedicated to M and Z for filling my sabbatical with ukuleles and song, punny laughter, and love.


I would like to thank all the reviewers who spent thoughtful time giving important and poignant feedback on early drafts of this text. Without their sage advice, I would not have been able to finish this project. I am also extremely grateful to Shaun Vigil at Palgrave Macmillan for seeing the worth of my work and dancing it through the last part of this journey to turn five years of research and writing and revising into a book. Susanne Gubanc provided enthusiastic support and feminist sisterhood. Without her, I am sure I would have given up entirely. Across disciplines and institutions, I would like to thank all the queer and feminist teachers who have taken the risk of talking about the issues of LGBT identity and media manipulation in their classrooms. What you do is important and vital work. Thanks for pushing your students to think critically and carefully. Your teaching creates better citizens and smarter consumers. Thanks also to colleagues past and present who have taught me how to be a better educator and scholar: Trish Donaher, Mike Cadden, Dawn Terrick, Susan Martens, Barbara Dibernard, Kate Ronald, Joy Ritchie, Shawna Harris, Kathy Kapitan, Annamaria Formichella-Elsden, Mike Whitlatch, Peter Steinfeld, Bridget Christensen,

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