Queer Theory Case Study

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Queer theory was developed by Judith Butler in her post-modern feminist text, “Gender Trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity” (Horitar, 2015). She discussed the role that gender and sexual orientation play in the way in which society uses the concepts in order to place individuals in a specific category on the basis on how they behave (Guantlett, 1998; Horitar, 2015). This theory examines the diverse ways in which current beliefs serves to reintegrate societal anticipations of gender identity, appearance and sexuality, it also offers a negotiation for the fragmentation of constructed gender categories (Horitar, 2015).
According to Western society, sex defines your particular gender (feminine or masculine) which in turn defines your true identity, for example a biological female is considered to be a women who is anticipated, by the society in which they live, to be more sensitive and nurturing than a man and who needs a sensual relationship with the …show more content…

Queer theory allows us to open our eyes to the various factors that nourish heteronormativity-“promotes gender conventionality, heterosexuality, and family traditionalism as the correct way for people to be” (Oswald, Blume & Marks, 2005:143) and it also helps us to understand how structural features contribute to individuals who are permitted over others (Few-Demo et al., 2016:75; Oswald et al., 2005). Queer theory aims to destabilise what people take for granted and allows them to ask interesting questions about individual’s identities (Few-Demo et al., 2016:76). Queer theory can be seen as a “radical deconstruction and subversion” (Few-Demo et al., 2016:85; Green, 2007:28-29), which offers permission to the theorists using queer theory to imagine the complication of various identities, performativities and

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