Jones, Lucy (2011) “The only dykey one”: Constructions of (in)authenticity in a lesbian community of practice Journal of Homosexuality 58: 719–741
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This article demonstrates how members of a lesbian community of practice make interactional moves which allow them to position themselves as ‘authentically lesbian’. Through discourse analysis and a sociocultural linguistics focus on indexicality, the speakers are shown to invoke broadly-accessible stereotypes and ideologies and to rework them in order to create locally-specific, meaningful identities. This is achieved via mutually-negotiated stance-taking towards group-constructed, oppositional personae. Specifically, the women in this group position styles deemed as ‘girly’ as inauthentic and antithetical to their concept of a lesbian – the authentic ‘dyke’.