Ut ur bastun, grabbar!: En queerteoretisk studie av Bastuklubbslagen och sexualitetsnormer under aids tidiga utbredning i Sverige
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The 1980s was a decade when homosexuality was frequently debated because of the contemporary incoming of aids. Since aids first affected homo- and bisexual men they became stigmatized as the risk group. The Swedish authorities started to act with epidemical methods at 1985/86, which restricted the sexual minority. This study, unlike others made before, contextualizes the lawmaking of Bastuklubbslagen, a prohibition concerning gaysaunas, by analyzing it with queer theoretic perspectives. Through an investigation of Bastuklubbslagen and contemporary sexual norms, this survey shows that the making of distinctions between hetero- and homosexuality were central to the context of the lawmaking. The outcome primarily shows that sexual norms were linked to a heteronormative point of view when Bastuklubbslagen was motivated by the authorities. Heteronormative ideals about monogamy and twosomeness made impact on the founding of the law. Sex between men was pointed out as harmful and gaysaunas as the explicit locations for the spreading of aids. My survey is contextualizing behaviors as the authorities described meant a risk of being infected by aids, or to spread it. My study has shown that homo- and bisexuals were regarded as the active actors of aids increasing, while the heterosexual majority was passivated. In the field of historical queer studies this study enhances the greatness of heterosexual normativity within the stigmatization and sanctions made by the authorities’, as Bastuklubbslagen became an aids prevention strategy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bastuklubbslagen, queerteori, queer, sexualitet, homosexualitet, bisexualitet, heterosexualitet, sexualitetsnormer, normer, heteronormativitet, heteronormer, sexuell läggning, stigmatiseriong, 1980-tal, aids
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124536OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-124536DiVA: diva2:889740
Elgán, Elisabeth, ProfessorBosse, Holmqvist, Professor