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Analysis Of The Infanticide Of My Professions By Yoshino

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Yoshino explores this idea early on in his self-identification process when he tries to kill off his "gay-self" through his poetry. He states, "the last poem, titled "The infanticide of My Professions" was about the selves we had to kill in young adulthood...This poem expressed the hope I would destroy the selves I only professed to be" (Yoshino 2006: 6). The notion of trying to make oneself less gay is not just something society demands of us, but something we often demand of ourselves at different points in life. However, this idea is problematized by an interaction Yoshino had with a friend and mentor. He explains, " In her view, while the chosen self liven in Technicolor splendor, the unchosen ones live on in black-and-white. It would be…show more content…
In several cases, the desire to kill the queer self also occurs when it seems impossible to move forward without fully accepting and presenting oneself as queer. When this idea is seen on television it is presented in both the interpersonal and introspective forms. For example, the characters that attempt suicide, such as the eight queer women characters between 2001 and 2016, are illustrating the introspective act of assassinating the queer self by killing themselves. In contrast the interpersonal aspect derives from the idea of identity as zero-sum and therefore the queer characters who do not cover present a threat to the stability and validity of gay characters on screen. This paper will specifically investigate how the interpersonal side of "assassinating the queer selves" plays out on screen as a way to reinforce the importance of…show more content…
From the beginning, Wendy is presented as the needy, paranoid, overbearing wife who is solely concerned with the stability of her relationship and she is scripted as a lesbian before any other aspect of her character. When the villain character controls Wendy, she attacks Jeri trying to kill her because how she has been treated. This can represent Wendy's rage for the fact that her wife will not stop covering and refuses put her and their life first. Jeri attempts to protect herself and in the struggle her mistress hits Wendy over the head, she falls hitting her head and dying on impact. This situation represents Jeri's assassination of the self she chose not to live, which is the lesbian love story, the "waking up happy", as presented by Yoshino. Moreover, Wendy's death allows Jeri to cover because she looses her wife and breaks up with her mistress making her a single, devastated, lesbian woman who's reality strengthens the idea that lesbians always end up sad or dead when they do not continually cover. (Jessica Jones, Netflix
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