Queer Theory And Intersex Individuals

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Queer Theory and Intersex Individuals Introduction Intersex is a part of queer theory that is lacking in research, but is necessary and has good reason to be included. The link between queer theory and intersex can be analyzed. Intersex individuals may have more difficulty finding fixed and stable identity-categories for themselves. Labeling and queer theory and intersex individuals is also a topic for discourse. Queer Theory Teresa de Lauretis coined 'queer theory ' in 1991 (Bell). Queer theory is a set of ideas based around the idea that identities are not fixed and do not determine who we are. It suggests that it is meaningless to talk in general about any group, as identities consist of so many elements that to assume that people can be seen collectively on the basis of one shared characteristic is wrong. Indeed, it proposes that we deliberately challenge all notions of fixed identity, in varied and non-predictable ways. Queer theory finds fixed and stable identity-categories as problems that need solutions, including sex, gender, and sexual orientation categories. One of queer theory’s goals is to break down the use of categories and labels that stereotype and marginalize gender and/or sexual minorities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) people. Another of queer theory’s goals is to introduce a more fluid perspective of gender and sexuality to help guide the understanding of human diversity (Gedro and Mizzi). Foucault shows us that fixed and
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