copy against the framework that privileges heterosexuality as origin, and so ‘derive’ the former
from the latter" (p. 4). The problem that Butler sees in Queer Theory extends beyond into the state of being a homosexual. She has a hard time identifying herself as a lesbian because it automatically puts her into a category, which takes away a person's individuality and enforces the culture of hegemony. She says this is because "identity categories tend to be instruments of regulatory regimes, whether as the normalizing categories of oppressive structures or as the rallying points for a liberatory contestation of that very oppression." (p. 1).
My artwork to represent Queer Theory may be kind of cliché, with the rainbow colors and all, but when thinking about the theory, I really seem to focus on the issues it has with the illumination of queerness in the literary canon and the inclusion of queer writers. I drew a house to represent the idea of the literary canon and made rainbow colors burst out of its windows to represent this idea of illumination and inclusion of queerness. The idea of queerness essentially "coming out" of the house was not entirely intentional, but hey, it fits right in.
I really like Queer Theory's idea of illuminating the queer authors that are already included into the literary canon. I think it is important for readers, especially younger ones, to know that being queer doesn't mean that you cannot be considered literary greatness. Queer experiences and authors should be as equally represented and recognized as heterosexual ones because, as Butler points out, neither is any better than the other. Heterosexuality is not the "original" or the "norm" because heterosexuality is defined by homosexuality and vice versa. Butler's essay in particular really sparked my interest because I had never though of the heterosexual/homosexual binary in the way she describes it, particularly her ideas on how all gendering is drag. So brilliant, I loved it!
What kinds of revelations did Judith Butler's essay give to other people? Do you agree with her idea that all genders are performances? Is there ever a time that you weren't performing?