Advanced

Den heterosexuella matrisen i regleringen av kön - normens gränser för möjliga identiteter

Borsiin, Sara LU (2011) MRSG20 20111
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
Several institutions regulating gender seem to overlook and even violate rights and needs for those living outside society’s norms about gender and sexuality. The council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, amongst others, reports about violations of transgender persons’ right to life, health and physical integrity. This essay connects the situation of transgender persons to the fact that they live outside existing norms. To analyse the norm as such this essay identifies the presence of the heterosexual matrix in the institutions regulating gender in Sweden. With queer theory and discursive analysis, elements of the heterosexual matrix are highlighted and critically analysed. Without seeking answers to the question what gender is,... (More)
Several institutions regulating gender seem to overlook and even violate rights and needs for those living outside society’s norms about gender and sexuality. The council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, amongst others, reports about violations of transgender persons’ right to life, health and physical integrity. This essay connects the situation of transgender persons to the fact that they live outside existing norms. To analyse the norm as such this essay identifies the presence of the heterosexual matrix in the institutions regulating gender in Sweden. With queer theory and discursive analysis, elements of the heterosexual matrix are highlighted and critically analysed. Without seeking answers to the question what gender is, the essay investigates what the analysed institutions put in the concept gender and what this tells us about societal norms. The analysis leads to the conclusion that the heterosexual matrix is present in all selected institutions regulating gender. Interesting to notice though is that some institutions recently seem to become more diversity-affirming and less shaped by the heterosexual matrix. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Borsiin, Sara LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSG20 20111
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
regulation, the heterosexual matrix, queer theory, heteronormativity
language
Swedish
id
1971596
date added to LUP
2011-07-04 12:23:40
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:53
@misc{1971596,
  abstract     = {Several institutions regulating gender seem to overlook and even violate rights and needs for those living outside society’s norms about gender and sexuality. The council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, amongst others, reports about violations of transgender persons’ right to life, health and physical integrity. This essay connects the situation of transgender persons to the fact that they live outside existing norms. To analyse the norm as such this essay identifies the presence of the heterosexual matrix in the institutions regulating gender in Sweden. With queer theory and discursive analysis, elements of the heterosexual matrix are highlighted and critically analysed. Without seeking answers to the question what gender is, the essay investigates what the analysed institutions put in the concept gender and what this tells us about societal norms. The analysis leads to the conclusion that the heterosexual matrix is present in all selected institutions regulating gender. Interesting to notice though is that some institutions recently seem to become more diversity-affirming and less shaped by the heterosexual matrix.},
  author       = {Borsiin, Sara},
  keyword      = {regulation,the heterosexual matrix,queer theory,heteronormativity},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Den heterosexuella matrisen i regleringen av kön - normens gränser för möjliga identiteter},
  year         = {2011},
}