November 28th, 2004

drop dead

femme/Femme/female/femininity/lots of other words that start with eff.

*deep breath*

okay, kids. i actually -would- like to see this question addressed:

"How radically queer can femininity be if it is still located *solely* and *exclusively* on the female body?"

Which is why it's getting it's own sparkling new thread.

I'm not the most articulate member of postqueer, but I'll do my bestest to put my thoughts into text and to debate with the friendliness with you all on the subject. It'll be fun. It'll be educational. Maybe some of us will change our ideas.

My thoughts in the comment section. Your thoughts there, too.
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Identity, yet again

The more I discuss it, the more I read about it, the more I hear the word thrown around, the more confused I am by the whole concept. What IS "identity"? Is it real? Is it not real, but still important? At what point does identity cease to be useful and become divisive, confusing, beside the point, or otherwise useless? How do you KNOW what your identity is? Are most people really firmly convinced that their "identity" is real, innate, and unchanging? It doesn't ever feel like a role or a compromise, just real, true, convincing to yourself and everyone else? What does it mean if "identity" is learned? Does that mean it is not innate? How are we able to say that person is being true to herself, and that person is not, he has a false identity?

A lot of questions, I know. But I honestly don't know what to make of this. In the prior discussion there was a distinction made between femme as an adjective and femme as a noun. I still don't understand how those things differ except in emphasis and grammatical place. I don't believe femme is something you just ARE. It is something that describes you, but I think saying it is something you ARE is essentialism, and it's impossible to prove, and it's pretty preposterous politically speaking.

I KNOW I am offending people with this, but I can't any longer be bothered to care about offending people who are offended by critical thinking and discussion questions.