Category: Queer Theory

Stopping at gay: holding the closet door ajar?

Don’t worry, I’m not about to tell anyone that they don’t have a right to label themselves (or not) however they want. Your label, your business. But I’d be interested in some thoughts about how common the following is as a coming out experience, and what that might mean:

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Situational Tolerance

Few would contest that our society is more tolerant towards LGBT sexualities than in the past, but the acceptance of difference is by no means evenly spread. The way I have been seeing things recently is that there are little pockets of tolerance within most fields, and in most of these fields, it is perfectly acceptable – even expected – that participants might be gay. But this distribution, what I’m calling situational tolerance, allows the majority of society to remain unchanged and the status quo to be characteristically unerred.

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Dualism Dilemmas

Modern feminism submits that the problem is not making women and men equal, the problem is that women and men are false categories to work with. Some women exhibit “manly” characteristics, some men are “girly”. So making such a big thing out of the detail of possessing or lacking a Y chromosome is senseless – we could perhaps have a gender spectrum, but your biology shouldn’t enter into the matter.

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