In “Perempuan”, a collection of 31 stories from young Muslim women in Singapore, Joyene Nazatul talks about being lesbian, Malay, and the target of rape jokes.
“I sat in that bar as a bisexual woman holding hands with my butch girlfriend, while a guy with a microphone told a playful lie to a room full of strangers about fucking me without my consent.” Audrey, for Autostraddle, writes about jokes that mask an underlying hostility towards the LGBTQ+ community.
Negotiations of power take place in all relationships. In heterosexual relationships, men often take the ‘dominant’ role whereas women take the ‘submissive’ role. However, what happens when the relationship involves two gay men? Sunita writes for Dear Author.
Charlotte Wolff, pioneer in the field of lesbian and bisexual studies, on why she thinks the word “lesbian” is “absolutely idiotic”.
The concept of sexual fluidity was popularised by Lisa M. Diamond, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah. In her 2008 book, she makes the radical argument that female sexuality is context-dependent, not rigidly homosexual or heterosexual, but shifting over life stages and social environments.
In an interview with Autostraddle, Sinclair Sexsmith draws out the power dynamics in queer, BDSM relationships.
“You can tell us that you’ll let us be, that you won’t do anything to us, but the fact remains that you could if you wanted to (and you do, often).” Fikri, on the unequal power dynamics between queer and hetero-normative people in Singapore. For Autostraddle.