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Title:A closet full of dresses: Intersections of femininity and sexuality among queer women in Panhellenic sororities
Author(s):Anderson, Brianna Lynne
Director of Research:Bost, Kelly K; Hardesty, Jennifer L
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bost, Kelly K; Hardesty, Jennifer L
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Oswald, Ramona F; Sharp, Elizabeth A
Department / Program:Human Dvlpmt & Family Studies
Discipline:Human Dvlpmt & Family Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:Despite the fact that the sorority experience has been sensationalized in the media (e.g., movies such as Legally Blonde and The House Bunny; television shows such as GRΣΣK), few academic studies have focused on gender or sexuality within the sorority context (Berbary & Johnson, 2012; Hevel & Bureau, 2014; Kahn, 2012). By exploring the experiences of queer women in Panhellenic sororities and using a grounded theory approach to understand how they negotiate expectations of femininity, the current study suggests preliminary theoretical relations in an otherwise understudied area. The findings indicate that queer women do indeed seek and enjoy their membership in Panhellenic sororities, despite overarching heteronormative expectations and homophobic microaggressions. After obtaining membership in these elitist organizations, queer women engaged in a process of staying in bounds, allowing them to maintain inclusion and good standing with their organizations, but compromising aspects of their identities.
Issue Date:2021-04-20
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Brianna Anderson
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17
Date Deposited:2021-05

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