Chapter 9: Queer Analysis
Queer Theory: an Overview
- Queer theory
- An interdisciplinary perspective that seeks to disrupt socially constructed systems of meaning surrounding human sexuality.
- An enduring emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction toward others based upon their gender or sex.
- A system of inequality that perpetuates a binary understanding of heterosexuality and homosexuality in which heterosexuality is
- sexual othering
- The process of stigmatizing homosexuality (or any non-heterosexual practice) as abnormal.
- purity/gender clarity
- perversion/gender blurring
Although there is no absolute association between a person’s gender and sexuality, media texts often portray heterosexuals as having definite gender
roles and homosexuals as having unclear ones.
Queer theorists celebrate this sort of gender fluidity as a way to eradicate sexual classification.
This ambiguity often results in a certain level of discomfort in mass audiences toward gay and lesbian people
Gender androgyny tends to result in a threatening, unsettling sense that “things are not quite right” with queer characters and personalities
Queerness and Visibility II: the Problems with “Positive” Representation
- Queer visibility a paradox
- Increased visibility not always diverse visibility
- “Types” presented in the media; aspects