- Even the signification of a lesbian identity suggests stability of that identity
- What does the word “lesbian” actually signify?
- The people who are actually represented by this term didn’t come up with this term but it
is imposed upon them
- Are we reinforcing that dominant discourse by using these terms?
- Are we reinforcing the binary of heterosexual/homosexual by using these terms?
- She is interested in the effects of the coming out process and the terminology – why is it
that only gay people have to come out? What are the political implications of the
- She thinks it’s important to come out as lesbian to counteract the invisibility of the
- She wants to know what the term “lesbian” means and who gets to define it
- Is it based on desire, acts, identification? Exclusive acts? Exclusive desires?
- How are you creating the identity by performing it rather than expressing one’s inner
- Trying to conform to this identity actually produces this identity
- Through the performance of a gender identity, you are bringing into existence that
- What heterosexuals do is imitate the ideal heterosexual identity which doesn’t exist in
reality outside of this performance
- There is no such thing as the ideal male or female but one produces this idea every time
one performs it
- Every time I say, “I am this” or “I am that,” what happens to the I when I am not insisting
on what I am?
- Are you still that identity when you’re not performing it?
- When you declare a lesbian identity before you’ve dated someone, is this the same
lesbian identity ten years later when you are?
- This identity is never the exact same thing
- A lot of our reality is unconscious and may not actually conform with our “identities” - Gender appears to express a deeply felt internal thing, but it actually creates this deeply
felt internal thing
- Strategic essentialism – there’s an assumption that there’s a commonality in lesbian
experience, but when does someone who is a lesbian become not a lesbian or