What are we responsible for ?

The question of our responsibility in terms of representations of gender and sexuality is an important one. According to the Oxford Dictionary, being responsible means “having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one’s job or role”. We can then ask : have we any kind of obligation when it comes to representing gender or sexuality ? The answer is here a difficult one. To a certain extent, I think that we are all responsible, that we have all an obligation in terms of representing gender and sexuality. Of course, that does not mean that we have any kind of obligation when it comes to live our gender or our sexuality. But in terms of representation, we are responsible. We must fight against any kind of degrading, insulting or inappropriate visions. We must stop the propagation of stereotypes. We must work for a society in which people are free to live their lives as they want to. For instance, as Rachel Kramer Bussel explains, we all must speak up and make the notion of consent a core value in our relationships. In all of our acts, in all of our words, we are responsible for the representations of men and women, of gender, of sexuality, in our societies.


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