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Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st CenturyA Transnational Feminist Analysis of Women's Lives in Modern Times$
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Kristen Zaleski, Annalisa Enrile, Eugenia L. Weiss, and Xiying Wang

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190927097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190927097.001.0001

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Female Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence in China

Female Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence in China

State, Culture, Family, and Gender

(p.325) 19 Female Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence in China
Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century

Ming Luo

Tuen Yi Chiu

Oxford University Press

Employing a transnational feminist approach of intersectionality, this chapter uses China as a case in point to discuss how systems of the state, culture, family, and gender intersect to sustain the hegemonic system of heteronormativity and create a multiple interlocking predicament for victims of female same-sex intimate partner violence (FSSIPV). Given that most existing research has been conducted in the West, this chapter highlights the importance of contextualization by outlining the distinct sociocultural and institutional factors that shape the experiences of battered lesbians in China. It argues that battered lesbians in China are trapped in a “triple closet”—in the abusive intimate relationship, in the intergenerational family, and in the hegemony of heteronormativity in the society—where they are culturally, institutionally, and socially marginalized. An LGBT cultural-sensitive framework is proposed to identify, intervene, and prevent FSSIPV and to advocate for the rights of LGBT in China.

Keywords:   intimate partner violence, transnational intersectionality, homosexuality, hegemonic heteronormativity, LGBT cultural sensitivity, anti-violence against LGBT, culture, familism, gender, China

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