Queer theory and lives have made a significant contribution to our understanding of sexuality and intimacy

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Questions: Essay 2

Choose ONE question to answer. Refer to the Unit Guide for further clarification.

  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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In the recent past the world has witnessed lots of debates and opinions in regard to various aspects in relations to sexuality and intimacy. Some of the recent development in this field has been witnessed in the issue of same sex marriage and relationships (Ahmed, 2004: 149). The issue surrounding what is commonly known as Lesbians, Gays, Bi-sexual, and Transgender, commonly known as LGBT has been expounded by various scholars in regard to queer theory and behaviours (Gross, 2005: 192). The development of the queer theory and lives in the recent past, has led to changes in attitudes, practices and behaviours which are being aligned towards the dictates of queer theory and lives.