Queer Theory

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Queer theory is not a theory of homosexuality, is an approach to sexuality and, more generally, identity, which builds on some of the ideas developed by Foucault (Reading). According to the reading, there is one point I think it’s very important. “We should challenge the traditional views of masculinity and femininity, and sexuality, by causing ‘gender trouble’”. It reminds me a real story happened in china. Last year, we have a national singer show just ‘American Idol’ but only for male competitor. One guy named Zhu, he become the most dramatic person in that show. He has long hair, wear a dress, heels, and perfect make up. He looks like totally a girl, especially his voice, is totally a girl. Every people shocked. When he starts singing, it’s totally girl’s voice. One of the judge interrupt him, ask him are you a guy? Our show only for male, he said yes, But this judge interrupt him again, because he can’t believe he is a man. The judge ask other stuff to check his Id. Afterward, the journalist interview ZHU, why he wants to dress like a girl, Zhu said I just feel comfortable when I dress like this. This video brings a big discussion on the internet. Some people think he should attend this show; he brings bad influence to tradition gender culture. Some people support him, every people has a right to do what they want to do. Apply queer theory to this event, Zhu is an example of challenging the traditional views of masculinity and femininity and sexuality, he caused ‘gender trouble’. A lot people think he is a guy, but he said I ‘m not a guy, there is no law don’t allow a man wear a dress and make up. Traditional view think male should men’ cloth, and a guy like Zhu must be guy, but the truth is no. Queer theory, is a approach encourage people can do what they want to do, can challenge traditional social view.
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