Natural law and “heteronormativity”

By Alice Pechriggl

This text is a critique of the naturalist presuppositions concerning Law, which are found in anthropological and psychoanalytic discourses, and of their homophobic implications. These types of discourses have been prominent namely during the legislative procedure concerning gay and lesbian couples. On the other hand, it is also necessary to examine the manner in which the vague and all-purpose concept of heteronormativity is rooted in this same tradition of “jus naturalis.” Finally, I discuss the possibilities of group analysis contributing, through the triangulation linked to the therapeutic group, to the subversion of these presuppositions, as well as of the essentialist and discriminative dogmas concerning sexuality, which are spread by conventional psychoanalytic institutions.

  • heteronormativity
  • natural law
  • legal positivism
  • homophobia
  • nomos
  • phusis
  • metaphysics of the sexes
  • sexual contract
  • non-contracted contract
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