11192008 [semi]daily academia

“Queer theory recognizes the impossibility of moving outside current conceptions of sexuality. We cannot assert ourselves to be entirely outside heterosexuality, nor entirely inside, because each of these terms achieves its meaning in relation to the other.” (Namaste 1996: 199).

Well, there it is. We are who we are because of them. The good part? They are who they are because of us. This is the problem with dichotomous identity categories – especially where it comes to sex, gender, and sexual identity. If you’re not one of us, you’re one of them. It’s instant othering – just like a game of patty-cake – roll it up, roll it up, put it in the pan! Voila! Instant marginalized v. dominant identity categories. Would you buy it if someone offered it to you?

It’s like the way we categorize people by race – society as a whole doesn’t see a full color spectrum – it sees white and not white – two opposites, one side dominant and the other side submissive. It’s like white folks are the older brother and everyone else plays the role of little brother. Whatever the big brother does to the little brother is fine, but he’ll be damned if someone else is going to mess with his little brother.

Theoretical gem of the day: Race relations in the United States are like two-brother households with no parents.

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