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European OthersQueering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe$
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Fatima El-Tayeb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670154

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670154.001.0001

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“Because It Is Our Stepfatherland”

“Because It Is Our Stepfatherland”

Queering European Public Spaces

(p.121) Chapter four “Because It Is Our Stepfatherland”
European Others

Fatima El-Tayeb

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the notion of the European commitment to equality with regard to gender and sexuality, such as same-sex legislations and domestic partnership. However this commitment is still tied up on their heteronormativity stance. Heteronormativity implies that the roles played by citizens will be traditional male and female ones. As a result, Europeans see Muslim minorities and queer Muslims as deviant and dangerous to the European race. This chapter explores on how queer minorities such as the African and Muslim feminist groups, homosexual groups, and multiethnic hip-hop dancing groups used the “creative city” in order to challenge the European heteronormative stance.

Keywords:   gender equality, sexuality, European commitment, heteronormativity, creative city, African feminist groups, Muslim feminist groups, multiethnic hip-hop

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