“Polyamory offers itself as an ideal relationship type. It promises the fulfilment of a range of needs that cannot be met by one single partner.” Discuss the statement with reference to the modern ideals of intimacy

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Questions: Essay 2

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  1. “The division of the sexes is a fact of nature; gender is a fact of culture.” Discuss this statement and explain using the example of sexual relationships.
  2. “Polyamory offers itself as an ideal relationship type. It promises the fulfilment of a range of needs that cannot be met by one single partner.” Discuss the statement with reference to the modern ideals of intimacy.
  3. Queer theory and lives have made a significant contribution to our understanding of sexuality and intimacy. At a time when especially young people often seem to blurrstraight/gay boundaries it seems that mainstream attitudes, practices and behaviours are taking their lead from the queer margins. Are we seeing the “queering” of society? Discuss.

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Levi said

“The point is that to answer your question, what does it mean to you – when I was researching, I decided it was just too damn difficult. There were 100s of variations, and they’re all right and their all wrong in some ways. They’re right for the people doing it and they’re wrong for the people not, but there is no right and wrong” (Levi).