Queer Intimacies: A New Paradigm for the Study of Relationship Diversity

  title={Queer Intimacies: A New Paradigm for the Study of Relationship Diversity},
  author={Phillip L. Hammack and David M. Frost and Sam D. Hughes},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={556 - 592}
Recognition of sexual and gender diversity in the 21st century challenges normative assumptions of intimacy that privilege heterosexual monogamy and the biological family unit, presume binary cisgender identities, essentialize binary sexual identities, and view sexual or romantic desire as necessary. We propose a queer paradigm to study relationship diversity grounded in seven axioms: intimacy may occur (1) within relationships featuring any combination of cisgender, transgender, or nonbinary… 

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