Sexuality/identity/politics
in Changing anarchism

This chapter provides an overview of the limitations of dualistic thought followed by a specific exploration of the constructions of natural/social and personal/political in terms of sexuality. It explores the criticisms of identity politics, drawing on a case study of Pride Scotland. The social organisation of sexuality is a political phenomenon that must be addressed in anarchism. Anarchism should move beyond the social division of 'sexual orientation' upon which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) politics depends. LGBT identity politics helps to maintain the illusion that heterosexuality is monolithic and unproblematic while LGBT identities are problematic and therefore political. The chapter suggests we should understand anarchism as a theory and practice that promotes the development of non-hierarchical social organisation. It concludes with a call for an anarchist, issue-based politics of sexuality.

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Changing anarchism

Anarchist theory and practice in a global age

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