Behavioral Aspects of Queer Movements: – A Freudian Review. – John Marshal © Srishti Madurai

Past fifty years saw the massive outgrowth of queer movements, germinating-spreading and growing across various regions of the globe, unified by the term “queer’, but diversified by what ideology that binds them or what contextuality they attribute their movement or simply by time. However the process of analysis of these movements generates certain questions of philosophical significance to list out a few:-
1. Are they all tied together by single aim or different ones?

2. What describes the rate of growth and decomposition of these movements?3. How they impact society and how much impact of society they reflect?4. How to describe the existence of a quantitative distribution of their objectives ranging from the question of equality to queer radicalism?5. How they approach the theory of “Normativity”?
Here in this review a freudian approach is applied to understand the dynamics of the queer movements. Queer movements irrespective of any contextuality, even in the times where there wasn’t any “movement” as such shows the general property of going beyond the normativity and it should be noted that the normativity can be of phenomenological expressions or described from another theoretical school of approach(eg. Evolutionary biology and the discussions on homosexuality). It is inevitable to accept that universally, certain taboo or discrimination or rejection or ignorance of existence or acceptance in specialized forms could be observed in any culture to which any queer aspects are observed. This is the source of discussion for the freudian superego.
1. As some trait lying beyond the “reproductive norms”-Which manifest in several ways such as punishment,suppression etc, which any queer person or movement has experienced.
2. As something that is imposed as the society’s view of compassion. – which is a view beyond the initial view presented here, but whose function arises out of society in terms of protecting the life of the individual, and to be contextualised here, the queer person.
1. Popular Resistance:-
Resisting the punishing authority of superego,which is manifested in several forms of various magnitudes.
For instance, the postmodern extremism “I like the way I am,I am what I am and No one else dont have to care about it”. This form of extremism is of dangerous, simply because it only reduces the queer person to a grounded level of animalistic instincts, reducing the person to the register of freduian Id.
(A freedom outside the letters-Psychotic freedom).
2. Normal resistence:-
Aiming at the society’s need to recognize the compassion- A certain type of true movement, which could recognizes the existence of social factor as well, at the same time showing the resistance which could be better described in the words of Lacan as “A freedom within the Language, Not Outside the Language”.
3. Ego Compromise:-
A certain form of movement that resembles the ego psychology. It aims at helping the queer folk in adapting as per the superego and Id. Simply to find a compromise. Some best examples for such a manifestation includes Marriage of Convenience,Supporters of ” Marriage for society but secret sex life” etc. Again these forms are highly unstable, switching from any state to another, feeling a gross displeasure.
4. Men of codes Approach:-
They aim to “Correct,repair and adjust” the person as totally a function of existing law. It is characterised by the manifestations of self torture expressed via rigorous reparitive therapies, or a continuous appeal to god to provide a “cure to my disease” However this approach masks the true significance of reparitive therapies, which will be discussed later in this forum. Characterized by excessive control of superego.

Frida Khalo
The freudain superego as of here is of two fold importance:-
Any queer movement,cant escape these two functions of superego and these two functions can act with the queer movement in any way such as:-
We have discussed precisely about the behavior of queer movements in relation to society and individual. It is of much significant to discover the questions such as the reason behind the massive outgrowth of LGBT rights over past few decades, “Acceptance” from several approaches and the true and masked nature of conversion therapies and massive re-readings of the previous texts from a queer lens. The freudian view certainly sheds lights into these discussions which are of prime importance in queer theory.

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