In this brief commentary we argue that currently dominant 'mainstream' sexual violence research reproduces heterosexism and cisgenderism and 'others' community members of diverse sexual and gendered identities by positioning them as exotic. We suggest that the hegemonic research apparatus, manifested through discourses, definitions, practices, methodologies, methods, technical procedures, educational practices and debate in this area, is problematically flawed. We argue that, through interconnected processes of, firstly, 'psychologisation' (the construction of the psychological subject); secondly, pathologising explanations; and thirdly, disconnection of power-knowledge from violence, the theoretical resources for working progressively within communities to address sexual violence are severely compromised.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2011|
- Sexual violence