The Relationship Between Sexual Taxonomies and Ideas of the Self

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The relationship between sexual taxonomies and ideas of the self (e.g. Foucault, Jagose or Halperin)

Sexual Taxonomies are not trans-historical; they are socially and historically situated and created. Sexual taxonomies are the different ideas about what sexuality is and they circulate around contexts, consequently forming identities. When we categorise sexuality it is categorised into heterosexual people and homosexual people but it is widely known that heterosexual is the ‘normal’ and accepted sexuality as “Homosexuality is a deviation from a privileged and naturalised heterosexuality,” (page 72, Annamarie Jagose, 1996). Terms gay, homo and queer do not mean the same things, “The blanket term "homosexual" has a number of different,
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The sodomite had been a temporary aberration; the homosexual was now a species,” (page 43, Michael Foucault, 1976). The emergence of homosexuality as a “species” has unfortunately led to suppressed, regulated and structured classifications of homosexuality that are present in society today. Homosexual people are now identified in terms of categories. Due to past discourses and the power bourgeoisie hold homosexuals are not accepted and cannot easily identify themselves individually or in a community.

Judith Butler’s “Queer in Queer Theory” (1996), elaborates on Foucault arguments regarding the operation of power and resistance. Following the same argument as Foucault, Butler pronounces that “Certain kinds of ‘identities’ cannot ‘exist’ – that is, those in which gender does not follow from sex and those in which the practices of desire do not ‘follow’ from either sex or gender,” (page 17, Judith Butler, 1990) meaning that there is specific story that society today follows for example a little boy is expected to grow into a man and marry a women. This is problematic as homosexual identities are complex and they struggle to exist in a society operated by the bourgeoisie that follows strict powerful heterosexual discourses and regulations. However Butler believes that gender and
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