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Queer Theory

Queer theory challenges traditional binary notions of gender and sexuality with concepts of fluidity (Lesser, & Pope, 2011; Munro, 2013). Queer theory takes a post-modern approach to examine “the continuities between anatomical sex, social gender, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual object choice, and sexual practice” (Martin, 1996 cited in McPhail, 2004, p. 7). 

The Gender Unicorn

Gender UnicornThe Gender Unicorn is a useful tool for examining fluidity of gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, sexual attraction, and romantic attraction (Trans Students Educational Resources, 2015).

Aligning with queer theory, The Gender Unicorn empowers people to self-identify and to celebrate diversity. Empowerment, self-identification and celebrations of diversity are helpful when challenging anti-queer oppression (McPhail, 2004).

 

Conclusion

Queer theory aligns with structural social work, anti-oppressive practice and feminism because it looks at the structures of oppression and creates new narratives of self-acceptance and celebration.

References

Lesser, J.G., & Pope, D.S. (2011). Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

McPhail, B. A. (2004). Questioning Gender and Sexuality Binaries: What Queer Theorists, Transgendered Individuals, and Sex Researchers Can Teach Social Work. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Services, 17(1), 3-21. doi:10.1300/J041v17n01_02

Munro, E. (2013). Feminism: A Fourth Wave? Political Insight, 4. 22–25. doi:10.1111/2041-9066.12021

Trans Students Educational Resources. (2015). The Gender Unicorn. Retrieved from http://www.transstudent.org/gender

Queer theory examines “the continuities between anatomical sex, social gender, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual object choice, and sexual practice” (Martin, 1996 cited in McPhail, 2004, p. 7). 

Related link:
Transtudent.org

Related PDFs:
LGBT & Neoliberalism
Gender Presentation
Bill 202 Policy Review