Opinie. Een steriel debat over (homo)seksualiteit


  • Wannes Dupont


Epistemological and ethical debates on human nature date back to the dawn of philosophy itself. Throughout the nineteenth century however, increasing emphasis was laid on sex as the most natural, yet also the most mysterious thing about us. The notion that the truth about sex and the sexed body would resolve the ancient question of identity, divided society and its researchers along political lines. Once sex emanated as a fully-fledged part of general debate, (identity-based) sex politics polarized with adapted evolutionist rhetoric gaining ascendancy in liberal opinion and common beliefs. In the academic arena the disagreements between essentialists and social constructionists – especially on the ‘nature’ of homosexuality – have spawned a considerable body of militant literature in recent years. When trying to surmount the sometimes one-sided politicization of (homo)sexuality, only a critical approach of both traditions can prove successful. By queering our own assertions on the social functioning and finality of (knowledge of) sex, we might put an end to what seems to have become an outworn standoff.