“That’s gay” – Intermission

“The category of sex is the political category that founds society as heterosexual.” – Monique Wittig, “The Category of Sex”

“The construction of stable bodily contours relies upon fixed sites of corporeal permeability and impermeability. Those sexual practices in both homosexual and heterosexual contexts that open surfaces and orifices to erotic signification or close down others effectively reinscribe the boundaries of the body along new cultural lines. Anal sex among men is an example…” –Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

“One might read this prohibition that secures the impenetrability of the masculine as a kind of panic, a panic over becoming ‘like’ her, effeminized, or a panic over what might happen if a masculine penetration of the masculine were authorized, or a feminine penetration of the feminine, or a feminine penetration of the masculine or a reversibility of those positions – not to mention full-scale confusion over what qualifies as ‘penetration’ anyway. Would the terms ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ still signify in stable ways, or would the relaxing of the taboo against stray penetration destabilize these gendered positions in serious ways?” – Judith Butler, Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Se


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