The Black Box at the Intersection of Gender and Sexuality.
The notion of 'gender' is a powerful conceptual tool in contemporary social sciences and, as a more complex tool than the biological or simple sex binary (male/female), it is firmly cemented in social policy and daily practice in our world. Yet, the concept is contested; there are simplistic and complex versions of it in operation. One area of contest is the challenge that gender is blind to sexuality: a surprising challenge on the surface, but it is a substantive challenge. 'We need to distinguish between gender, on the one hand, and erotic desire, on the other' (Gayle Rubin, 2011).
Discussing these issues is Professor Gary Dowsett of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University.