Butler begins with introducing the analogy “Lesbian/gay studies does for sex and sexuality approximately what women’s studies does for gender” (1). This analogy implies that the “proper object” of analysis and understanding for feminism has been gender, whereas the “proper object” for lesbian/gay studies has been sex and sexuality. However, Butler explains that the definition of sex pertaining to feminism and lesbian/gay studies differs. Sex in the feminist context refers to the male and female, which are defined by their biological anatomy. In comparison, lesbian/gay studies define sex as sexual identity, which extends to sensation, acts and sexual practice. To further clarify her argument, Butler explains that the ‘kind of sex one is’ pertains to feminism and the ‘kind of sex one does’ pertains to lesbian/gay studies. She emphasizes that sexual differences are not a proper object of inquiry as people often concentrate mainly on the sexual differences between male and female in the anatomical sense, however they overlook the fact that sexual differences also consists of sexual identity and sexual practice.
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