The heterosexual matrix exposed: Critically examining how gender influences research

Year: 2004

Author: Blaise, Mindy

Type of paper: Refereed paper

This paper examines how gender influenced data collection and analysis while carrying out a 6-month qualitative and feminist poststructuralist study of gender in an urban kindergarten classroom, located in the US. Through reflexivity, the author became conscious of the heterosexual matrix and how it influenced her research relationships while collecting data as a participant observer in an early childhood classroom. By critically re-examining her research practices, the author questions and problematizes the centrality of gender and how gender discourses regulate research relationships. The paper concludes by raising questions about the significance of the heterosexual matrix and how it influences research aimed at challenging gender norms.