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A recent request for clarification of a response I made during an interview has prompted me to delve more deeply into “performance of queer desires”…The questions focus on the terms – why queer? why performance?

Gauntlett (n.d.) writes

Queer theory is a set of ideas based around the idea that identities are not fixed and do not determine who we are. It suggests that it is meaningless to talk in general about ‘women’ or any other group, as identities consist of so many elements that to assume that people can be seen collectively on the basis of one shared characteristic is wrong. Indeed, it proposes that we deliberately challenge all notions of fixed identity, in varied and non-predictable ways.

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