Since the 1980s, the spider woman’s dangerous sexuality has become increasingly excessive, even disease like, in its ambiguous and indiscriminate nature. Frequently, these promiscuous inclinations are directly aligned with same-sex desire, negatively associating queer coupling with themes of overindulgence, narcissism, deviance, and destruction. In the previous chapter I introduced the idea that these alliances backhandedly problematise lesbianism in such a way as to feed into dominant postfeminism’s broader project to re-secure heterosexual relations as normal and naturally occurring.


Femme Fatale Fatal Attraction Mirror Motif Spider Woman Deadly Woman 
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© Samantha Lindop 2015

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  • Samantha Lindop
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  1. 1.University of QueenslandAustralia

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