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Rachel Maddow in the Journal of Lesbian Studies January 17, 2010

Posted by Geekgirl in Commentary.

I don’t have access to the full paper, only the abstract. I do find it very interesting that Rachel Maddow made her way into an academic research journal.

Although I never think of Rachel as butch…

I’ll watch for the paper.

Journal of Lesbian Studies . 2010;14(1):108-18.

A lesbian in the punditry.

Reed J.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840, USA. jreed4@csulb.edu

This article argues that Rachel Maddow has become one of a growing number of new public lesbians. This is a subject position that makes no secret of or apology for lesbian identity. Nor does it seek to make explicit political claims for liberation or separation. Maddow uses this subject position as host of her own cable news show, The Rachel Maddow Show, combined with her presence in other media, where she presents as a butch lesbian and comments on her more conservative look on her television show, to create a lesbian presence that disrupts heteronormativity, offers alternatives to heterogender, and in particular as a news show, tells a more inclusive liberal humanist story.



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