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Title: Is Queer Biology a Useful Tool for Queer Theology?
Author(s): Amy-Chinn, Dee
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Keywords: biology
Human evolution Philosophy
Religion and science
Issue Date: 2009
Date Deposited: 31-Aug-2009
Citation: Amy-Chinn D (2009) Is Queer Biology a Useful Tool for Queer Theology?. Theology and Sexuality, 15 (1), pp. 49-63.
Abstract: In recent years a number of queer theologians have drawn on the work of Judith Butler and Thomas Laqueur to provide a framework for their project of destabilising Christian understandings of the nature of sex, gender and sexuality. In this article I link this work with evidence drawn from biology to argue that, in addition to examples of bodies that, through nature or volition, disturb our notions of two distinct ontological categories – male and female – there is also a range of evidence that would indicate that all bodies are less sexually dimorphic than might be supposed. This evidence has potentially liberating and far-reaching implications for conservative theological understandings of the body, making it a useful tool in the armoury of queer theological discourse.
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