Normative sexuality as a violence factor

TitleNormative sexuality as a violence factor
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMoita G, Wieser M
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2012
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordspsychodrama, Sexuality, violence

Any social organization sets standards of behavior. religion, law and,
more recently, medical science may be read as the main regulatory mechanisms,
both of the hegemonic as well as of what moves away from it. The categories that
have been built around human behavior lead inevitably to reading reality in a
limited manner: on the one hand, we read only what is possible and, on the other,
we build this reality from what we read. Human behaviors result from this dual
process (Adorno et al., 1950) (especially affective-sexual behaviors) that we find
categorized under "sexual and gender identity disorders" in the DSM-IV, or under
"treatment of personality and behavior disorder”, on ICD10.We must be very
attentive to those categories being aware of the effects of health ethics in health
itself because, in Adorno’s words, if an ethical norm ignores the existing social
conditions which are also the conditions under which any ethics might be
appropriate, that ethos runs the risk of becoming violent. In this workshop, we
present ways of thinking about what makes a bad feeling (sometimes pain) because
of our wishes, emotions or behavior when they do not accomplish the normative
sexual life. We will work through sociodrama, sociometry, and with the antagonist,
if wished.