Tuesday, December 27, 2011

January 11, 2011--queer...

for the past few days i've been trying on for size thinking of myself as "queer."

the way that i think about using that term is similar to this definition from wikipedia (boldface/italics added by me for emphasis):

Because of the context in which it was reclaimed, queer has sociopolitical connotations, and is often preferred by those who are activists; by those who strongly reject traditional gender identities; by those who reject distinct sexual identities such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight; and by those who see themselves as oppressed by the heteronormativity of the larger culture. In this usage it retains the historical connotation of "outside the bounds of normal society" and can be construed as "breaking the rules for sex and gender". It can be preferred because of its ambiguity, which allows "queer"-identifying people to avoid the sometimes strict boundaries that surround other labels. In this context, "queer" is not a synonym for LGBT as it creates a space for "queer" heterosexuals as well as "non-queer" homosexuals.
yup. that sounds about right.

and then, really, i'm not quite sure that queer=me either. really, i identify right now as "10.0-loving" more than anything else.

and then, of course, there's the fact that i don't really need to define myself as anything, for anyone. but i also am feeling a need to define what's going on for me right now for me.

but i know what's going on right now. that mystery's been solved, my friends. i met a woman who i am falling in love with. the end.

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