This article investigates the construction of sex advice for queer women as it features on the world’s most
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argues that these representations involve a tension between exclusivity and inclusivity. On the one hand, Autostraddle wants to
construct an exclusive markedly lesbian subjectivity and a subcultural model of lesbian sex, which is lacking in mainstream
culture. On the other hand, it aims to be inclusive of transgender and bisexual women, and to deconstruct the idea of sexual
homogeneity. Findings show that Autostraddle discursively negotiates these competing goals to construct a distinctly “queer
female” normativity centred on young cisgender feminine lesbians.
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