NORMALIZING DESIRE – DESIRING NORMALITY: BODIES, DESIRES, AND KINSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC, POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS DISCOURSE

Annika K. Thiem

Abstract


This paper inquires into assumptions on sexuality and kinship in religious and
theological interventions in the debates around same-sex marriage and assisted
reproduction. I am especially concerned about how a steadfast investment in “the
natural” and “the normal” haunts these debates. Not only does the Roman Catholic
Church object to same-sex relations, but the supporters of same-sex marriage often
equally rely on the sexual and erotic privilege of the monogamous couple, which
serves as the basis for “normal” family life. This “normality” is completed by the
fulfillment of the desire to raise children, a creation of the model modern family that
increasingly, for both heterosexuals and homosexuals, includes assisted reproductive
technologies. In both discussions, how the family is defined focuses on the
body and on its legal, medical, and scientific status. The aim of this paper is to ask
in what ways the horizons of intelligibility and practices of recognition structure
who and what we can become.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1066

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