Lectures 2006
1/28/2021
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"The equilateral triangle of Platon : Gender duality, gender asymmetry & heterosexual matrix" Elia Ntaousani

We wander into the maze of notions such as “genus”, “gender”, “sex”, “desire”, “Law”, having as compass the anthropogenic myth in Plato’s Symposium which presents each one of us a tally of human being cut and always seeking for its other half.

 

We uphold a latent but incontestable sexual duality as well as the coequal dealing of the social gender units that are ensued. We argue for the multiple finite gender symmetry proving that there is no intention for accentuating the male or female as predominant or preexistent sex. What assures gender symmetry is the absence of the heterosexual matrix as universal norm of the discourse.

                                                                                                                                                      

Adopting Butler’s deconstructive way of thinking but also her theory of performativity, we analyse the two systems of gender asymmetry –  ‘bipolar’ and ‘performative’ – and systematize the platonic gender model. We attempt an overall inspection of the analysed discourses as well as a comparative study between systems of asymmetry and the ‘(triadic) model of gender symmetry’, imprinting their spatial proportional schemata. Checking if the platonic model is advisable for deconstruction or at least extrusion of the actual gender (asymmetrical) discourse to its limits, we present two exemplary cases of platonic triangle’s application: a) ‘sex’-‘gender’-‘sexual desire’ & b) ‘spatial duality’ – ‘spatial asymmetry’ – ‘heterosexual matrix’.