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See detailThree Steps Forward and, If Possible, Not a Single Step Back - Luxembourg Perspectives on Societal Discourses Concerning Sexuality.
Baltes-Löhr, Christel UL

in Cultural and Religious Studies (2020), 8(7), 367-385

This article will retrace the developmental lines of societal discourses concerning sexuality as well as the changing significance, acceptance, de-dramatization, and normalization of non-heteronormative ... [more ▼]

This article will retrace the developmental lines of societal discourses concerning sexuality as well as the changing significance, acceptance, de-dramatization, and normalization of non-heteronormative, non-binary configurations of gender. In a first step, the figure of the continuum will be outlined as a theoretical framework and analytic tool for gender diversity. Subsequently, the article will illustrate certain key data points concerning the situation of women and men in Luxembourg and establish a comparison with the European and international situation. Selected research findings will be discussed, although it must be noted that, in the early 2010s, this research was still concerned exclusively with binary configurations of gender. Following a first synopsis, the paper will divert its attention to trans, intersex, non-binary, queer, and agender persons in Luxembourg and will introduce current national and international research findings concerning Luxembourg, as well as national ministerial measures and positionings. Following an excursion towards sexology in medicine as well as teaching and research environments at universities, the article will cast a glance towards the year 2050 and finally illuminate the relation, the four-way connection between physicality, psyche, social behavior, and desire to thus illustrate perspectives towards possible future developments. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat Are We Speaking About When We Speak About Gender? Gender as a Continuum
Baltes-Löhr, Christel UL

in Cultural and Religious Studies (2018), 6(1), 1-32

This article shows how, using the figure of the continuum, gender pluralities can be captured in their actually existing diversity and thus be detached from a still powerful and often stereotyping binary ... [more ▼]

This article shows how, using the figure of the continuum, gender pluralities can be captured in their actually existing diversity and thus be detached from a still powerful and often stereotyping binary constructedness. Gender as a continuum encompasses the four dimensions physical, psychological, social and sexual or: body, feeling, behavior, and desire. It will be demonstrated that all of these dimensions are not clearly separable within themselves and from each other. In the second part of the article, concrete everyday examples and legal debates are discussed from the perspective of the continuum. Thus, we are free to consider differences and similarities between and within the different gender groups in all their diverse shapes and manifestations. The question of what we are speaking about when we are speaking about gender will be answered with a clear “We are speaking about us as individuals and us as a society”. The simple reversion of this correlation will lead to the question: “Do we have to speak about gender when we are speaking about ourselves?”. This question will be answered with a clear “No”, if the normality of plurality and diversity also includes the negation, the absence of gender. [less ▲]

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