chapter  11
DISCURSIVE CATEGORIES AND DESIRE
Feminists negotiating relationships
BySara Mills, Christine A. White
Pages 23

This chapter analyses the way that feminists negotiate the discursive categories of sexuality and desire to which they are assigned or which they consciously adopt. We have chosen to focus primarily on lesbian and heterosexual feminists, since we consider that feminists are, in general, very aware of the constraints of living under heteropatriarchy, and have analysed the problems entailed in identifying oneself within a sexual category, given the debates within feminist theory of the last five years (see Feminist Review 31 for an overview).1 We aim to challenge the current polarised view that heterosexual feminists feel guilt and discomfort with their categorisation as heterosexual, whereas lesbian feminists embrace the way that they have been categorised and feel comfortable within that categorisation.