This book reflects the empirical project of examining everyday heterosexual life from a feminist perspective. It has worked from data generated within a two-year ESRC-funded research project in order to gradually develop a position from which heterosexual lives may be viewed — with insight, with compassion and with a form of critical engagement which can empower individuals, families, communities and indeed policymakers to address the limitations, the inequalities and the suffering which an unexamined heterosexual life can involve. Like any project of this kind, it in no way represents the last word. Rather its objective is to make strange the tried and somehow still trusted, to problematise commonsense notions of what ‘being heterosexual’ might mean. Its objective is therefore to open doors rather than generate any ultimate conclusions.
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