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The word queer has made an interesting journey since although most people realize that the adjective was originally just a synonym for strange or abnormal recently it is rarely used in that context Now queer is intended as an umbrella term that argues for no fixed meanings in relation to gender and hence a general term that embrace people from all walks of life - lesbians gays bisexuals transvestites transsexuals Creed 2004 p124 Doty 1998 p149 In this essay we will explore the much contested notions on gender and identity through a queer lens and illustrate the concepts through the films Boys Dont Cry Kimberley Pierce 1999 and The Crying Game Neil Jordan 1992 Queer theory fundamentally emerges from lesbiangaybisexual LGB studies attention to the social construction of categories of non-normative expressions of gender and sexuality Doty p148 But while LGB studies focused largely on questions of homosexuality queer theory expands its realm of investigation Queer theory looks at and studies and has a political critique of anything that falls into normative and deviant categories particularly desire sexual activities and identities Creed p125 The word queer as it appears in the dictionary has a primary meaning of odd peculiar out of the ordinary and queer theory concerns itself with any and all forms of sexuality that are queer - the binary opposites of the societys pre-determined definition of normative behaviors and identities Thus queer theory expands the scope of its analysis to all kinds of behaviors including those that are gender-bending as well as those which involve queer non-normative forms of sexuality Although queer has been associated most significantly with lesbian and gay subjects its critical framework also involves topics such as cross-dressing hermaphroditism gender ambiguity and gender-corrective surgery Jagose 1996 p3 The concept of queer theory provided a distinctive way of viewing sexual desire an approach that resists categorization Creed p124 Human desire comes in diversified forms some expressions such as gay
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