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Identity ComplexMaking the Case for Multiplicity$
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Michael Hames-García

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649853

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649853.001.0001

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Are Sexual Identities Desirable?

Are Sexual Identities Desirable?

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(p.69) 3 Are Sexual Identities Desirable?
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Identity Complex
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Michael Hames-García

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816649853.003.0003

This chapter delves deeper into the colonial/modern gender system as suggested by philosopher Maria Lugones, with a focus on the elaboration of sexual identities. According to Lugones, the system brought about a Eurocentric conception of gender and sexuality that evolved into understandings of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and gender hierarchy that remain inseparable from the colonial encounter and continues to influence modern practices of gender and sexuality today. The chapter brings up the question, “Are sexual identities desirable?” It presents the idea that sexual identities, particularly those identities that refer to sexual minority groups, have evolved very recently and only in “the West” (that is, Western Europe and its former settler colonies, particularly in North America, Australia, and New Zealand) in articulation with the development of a global colonial/modern gender system. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, peoples in Europe and North America significantly shifted their view of same-sex behavior.

Keywords:   colonial/modern gender system, sexual identities, Eurocentric, gender, sexuality, heterosexuality, homosexuality, gender hierarchy, sexual minority, same-sex behavior

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