Essay on How Bodies Relate to Sexuality

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When thinking of sexuality, hetero- and homosexuality are the first concepts that come to mind. Rather than considering the number of emotional and physical attachments that are also involved, it is a common belief that one's sexuality consists only of their sexual desires. Because society has put the homosexual umbrella over any individual who does not claim to be heterosexual, many people are unaware of the diverse lifestyles that are a part of a melting pot culture. As a result, it is oftentimes a subconscious act to make assumptions about these sub-sexualities. Rather than judging every individual by their personal actions, assumptions are often made on the basis of physical appearance and the collective actions of those belonging to a …show more content…
It is only because this mainstream, patriarchal culture views the two sexes as “original and thus natural" and all other variations as monsters, that all minor sexualities are meshed together under the homosexual umbrella (Koenig 193).
Simply because of who and what they are, trans- individuals defy these boundaries. To mock the gender war, some individuals "perform[ing] gender with the specific intention to fail...[which] is a practice of resistance" (Koenig 193). These individuals participate in what are called drag performances. By dressing and acting as the gender that corresponds with the opposite sex, transvestites rebel against the cultural mentality set by the white male. In doing so, drag queens and kings are more deeply immersed in the concept of gender. Based on appearance, a drag queen or king appears to be someone who wishes they were a member of the opposite sex. For women, this is understandable as they feel the need to escape their inferior status. For males, however, "enacting womanhood is enacting a desire for a lower status, and thus directly challenges norms surrounding what is 'appropriate' desire" (Koenig 195). Kings and queens exaggerate the motions of the opposite sex so as to make a social statement concerning the negligibility of traditional gender roles, while also expressing a unique sexuality that does not necessarily brand the individual as homosexual.
As Kaua’i Iki relates in his article “'O Au No…