What is Queer Anthropology
Queer Anthropology is a complex study of sexual possibilities that exist from the well-recognised traditional sexuality. Queer Anthropology explores different cultures to understand their perspectives on sexual orientations. While in the USA, different sexualities are fighting for recognition if they haven’t been recognised yet, some communities around the world struggle with sexuality definitions. Some communities have embraced differences in sexuality but for some it is just a cultural practise with meanings different from those of sexuality. Queer Anthropology is complex because it keeps evolving. One time anthropologists think they have the answers to it and then a new group emerges or new trends with new ideas on sexuality emerges and the anthropologists have to go back to square one. Queer Anthropology continues to be in the works as different researchers seek knowledge on the diverseness of what relationships are considered queer in different communities and why.
It relates to gender identities and sexual orientations in many ways. Gender identities are no longer a white and black affair of male and female. Today some men are identifying as women and some women born female connect more with their masculine side. Queer means different and this is why it has to connect with these variations of transgender people to understand why they feel this way. Queer Anthropology relates to sexual orientations because they are more than one and are different from the traditional different sex marriages. Today some states agree with same sex marriages and even legalised and some are yet to. It looks at the dynamics of sexual orientation by looking at sexual practices all over the world and what the participants derive from them as well as what they mean for them. Different sexual orientations around the world desire recognition and anthropologists can try to help.