Gender & Sexuality

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Louis Morris: Where (1960)

Asylum decision making by civil servants and judges relies on assumptions on gender and sexuality. One example that women, or lesbian, gay or bisexual people are expected to adapt their behavior so as not to provoke violent reactions from potential persecutors. This notion is used widely in Western asylum systems. It is based on the assumption that personal and sexual autonomy are not essential for human beings, so people can be expected to give them up in order to prevent violence. Also, this assumption blames victims for gender based and homophobic violence. Over the past two decades, I have carried out research on these issues, often relying on notions developed in feminist and queer legal theory.

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