Gender-Fucking and Transgressing Binaries.

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The authors mean to suggest that a binary way of analyzing texts in inadequate because it fails to consider a multitude of identities that are not gay/straight such as bisexual, pansexual, transgender, and fluid among others. In addition to marginalizing these identities the gay/straight binary also fails to take into account how identities are intersecting. The binary would point to identities such as black, straight, and gay, but not a bisexual black trans- woman for example. The Word "queer" brings to the table the fluid, changing, and intersecting identities as well as allow for those viewing films to see it from multiple angles. The example from the text is the gay male identifying with Judy Garland whose sex is "opposite" to those of the spectators. Though acknowledging that there are other sexualities than gay/straight and that there are other genders than man/woman, the concept of heterosexuality becomes just another drag performance. Heterosexual is queered because now someone who identifies as a cis-gendered female can also identify with the gay male character on film while still maintaing her behavior sexually with cis-gendered heterosexual males. The text also says on page 217 that "We are defined not by who we are but by what we do." Therefore one can "be" a butch female and identify as such but sleep with a cis-gendered male. Mainstream society might peg this butch as lying about their identity but the beauty of "gender-fucking" is that the butch person is transgressing gender stereotypes by not sleeping strictly with feminine cis-gendered females.

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I like your use of the word fluid to describe the multiple-sexualities found in society. The idea that nothing is set but is rather constantly evolving or being redefined. I think this rational considering that our thoughts are always changing and personalities changing through life experiences and social interactions. I also like your point about a "straight: male character to be able to identify with a "gay" male character on film/stage. Does it make him "feminine" to feel like this? I agree that society would ostracize such feelings as "gay" or "queer". You make great points and also you have an awesome title.

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