2014-02-20

Queer

The queer concept  questions gender binaries and challenges the existence of only two opposite sexes, women and men, with a desire for each other. In Sweden, the common acronym for individuals, who do not comply to gender binary, is HBTQ (Homo, Bi, Trans, and Queer). The English equivalent is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) and the acronym keeps evolving. Queer theory is an umbrella term for various theoretical perspectives that have been developed since the 1980s in order to analyse sexuality as historically determined relations, identities, structures and values. These perspectives are based on the view that phenomena such as heterosexuality, woman, and man should be considered as social constructions, and sexual identity as a personal trait.

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