Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Queer Theory

Queer theory focuses on the identity of gays, straights, and bisexuals. It focuses on identity, the importance of society and how people build on that, as well as sex and gender which are not the same thing. Its hard to create an image about Queer theory that hasn't already been made. I'm referring to those ones with the gay pride colors or the artsy photoshop pictures with the quotes on them and don't get me wrong, those are great and they are informative and expressive. But to actually come up with an artpiece that actually illustrates queer theory was a challenge. Two of the key principles of Queer Theory are, according to the text, "Social attitudes about sexuality change over time" and "Sexuality may be private but it is connected to our social existence"
This image represents both how social attitudes change over time and how sexuality is connected to social existence. First is the before and after which represents how attitudes change over time. Back in the 1950s for example, most people would consider it odd if they were talking to someone who is gay. It doesn't necessarily make them prejudice but it just wasn't something anybody talked about back in the day. However, times have changed for the most part. Nowadays, while there are still prejudice people out there aka homophobics, most people are much more accepting and don't think anything of it if they are around a person who is gay. this picture also features a stereotypical lesbian couple next to a straight couple. We have a butch who is heavier than the other girl who is skinny and usually in lesbian relatinships, one is heavier than the other, significantly, and one has longer hair as opposed to a cut. the fact that they are standing next to a straight couple shows how sexuality connects to social existence. A couple cannot simply hide themselves from the outside world, gay or straight and they grow based on each others relationships.
A few questions I had in mind about queer theory:
I understand that gender has a lot to do with how you present yourself based on behavior, clothes etc. but if a woman is a lesbian, and isn't attracted to men, then why does she go after women who look and act just like men? And why do most gay men prefer men who are extremely feminine? Does that have to do with how each gay relationship has the one who represents the "man" and one who represents the "woman"?
Does gender affect sexuality strictly based on appearance and personality?
If yes, then what about the preferred genitals?
What do we see happening with Queer theory in ten years? More Research?

1 comment:

  1. Are you actually saying that in lesbian relationships one woman is significantly heavier than the other? Is that true? If so, is that different from ANY two people in a couple (hetero, homo, whatever), since most people aren't coupled up with an identical twin? Wasn't quite sure what was going on in that little section. And not totally sure that the attention to identity categories as you discuss them here is particularly right-on, since it feels more like a Gay/Lesbian Studies approach to look at homophobia and acceptance. But your questions about the cultural and historical construction of sexuality-- how sexuality is constructed not by bodies and genes and desire but by the language we use to name and discuss those things-- starts getting closer to Queer Theory. All in all, this is a good start, but it goes off the rails in spots. Do come chat with me anytime if you want to walk through it!