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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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BORGES, Lenise Santana. Media and lesbianity: an analysis about positioning in the telenovela Senhora do Destino. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.4, n.1, pp. 60-72. ISSN 1983-8220.

This article explores the possible attitudes regarding lesbianity from a discourse analysis of the telenovela "Senhora do Destino" (Rede Globo, 2004-2005). Two cases were used as illustration: the characters Sebastião (Nelson Xavier) and Giovani (José Wilker). Having the theoretical-epistemological framing of social constructivism allied with a feminist reading, the inevitability and firmness of the identity category is questioned, opening up paths to search its denaturalization. A double effect is verified in the introduction of lesbianity in the telenovela: if, on one hand, the process of assimilation of the lesbian category provokes a higher "familiarization" of the issue in the society, as well as the circulation of codes/models enables the legitimization of affective-sexual relations of people of the same gender, on the other hand, the way in which the processes of legitimization/acceptance occur do not enable an unstabilization of social rules and hegemonic models.

Keywords : Social Psychology; Lesbianity; Social Construcionism; Telenovela.

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