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Introduction: Trapped in the Binary

  • Nikoletta Pikramenou
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Abstract

From the very beginning of our lives, human beings are called to fit in the sex binary of male and female. Contemporary society is based upon a heteronormative gender order deriving from the idea that there are two opposite sexes. Then, social rules about “normal” gender and sexuality require the definition of what is “female”, “male”, “masculine” and “feminine” so that the “opposite sexes” are attracted to each other and eventually reproduce. Consequently, “sex” results being polarised as “female” and “male”, gender as “women” and “men” and “sexuality” as “homosexuality” and “heterosexuality”, restricting diversity only within this rigid and dualistic system. This sex/gender binary categorisation has been a source of negative effects for both those who identify, and those who do not, with the binary.

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