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BORGES, Lenise Santana  and  SPINK, Mary Jane Paris. Repertoires on lesbianity in television media: destabilization of hegemonic models. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2009, vol.21, n.3, pp.442-452. ISSN 0102-7182.

This article aims to present a discursive analysis of the soap opera Senhora do Destino (Rede Globlo, 2004-2005). The constructionist perspective together with a feminist reading allowed to understand the notion of lesbianity as a social construction in which the discourses and the language adopted vary according to the social and historical context. The analysis was centered on discursive practices, understood as language in action, always multiple, situated and dialogical versions of conversation. The results of this research suggest parallel effects of the introduction of the issue of lesbianity in the soap opera. On one hand, the process of assimilation of the lesbian category provokes a broader "familiarity" in society, as well as the presence of codes/models that allow the legitimacy of same sex relations. On the other hand, the legitimizing/acceptance processes occur in ways that do not provoke the destabilization of social norms and hegemonic models.

Keywords : Social psychology; social constructionism; lesbianity; soap opera; discursive practices.

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