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Making Different Differences: Representation and Rights in Sexuality Activism

Lalor, K (2015) Making Different Differences: Representation and Rights in Sexuality Activism. Feminist Legal Studies, 23 (1). pp. 7-25. ISSN 0966-3622


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This paper argues that current iterations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights are limited by an overreliance on particular representations of sexuality, in which homosexuality is defined negatively through a binary of homosexual/heterosexual. The limits of these representations are explored in order to unpick the possibility of engaging in a form of sexuality politics that is grounded in difference rather than in sameness or opposition. The paper seeks to respond to Braidotti’s call for an “affirmative politics” that is open to forms of creative, future-oriented action and that might serve to answer some of the more common criticisms of current LGBTI rights activism.

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