José Flávio Nogueira Guimarães, M.A.
                                                   Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Who knows what queer is?! I may quote many queer theorists, who might help one to understand what it really means, and I will do that soon, but I also want to partake what is in my mind and heart now.

“Every person who comes to queer self-understanding knows in one way or another that her stigmatization is connected with gender, the family, notions of individual freedom, the state, public speech, consumption and desire, nature and culture, maturation, truth and trust, censorship, intimate life and social display, terror and violence, health care, and deep cultural norms about bearing of the body. Being queer means fighting about these issues all the time, locally and piecemeal but always with consequences.”    Michael Warner (1993:xiii)

When I read what I have just quoted I have a pain deep inside because I, myself, have undergone almost all of those types of prejudices just for the reason of being what I am, living with whom I live, working where I work, holding the public position I hold, speaking the way I do, behaving as I have chosen to behave…

Yes, I am queer, twisted, bent, strange, gay… and I still could mention many other derogatory words that I would rather not say. However I am glad to know that being queer is being in a continuing moment, movement or motive as Eve Sedgwick (1993: xiii) says. Being queer is being postmodern; there is no group representing us prior to its naming; notwithstanding it enacts a sodality through the simple mentioning of the word, as Roger Luckhurst (1995:333-4) states.

…”queerness is constantly refiguring itself, open to provisional and postmodern self-reconstruction…”    Joseph Bristow (1995:170)

Queer does not have just one signification; on the contrary it has a large scope of meanings. When you use the word you must convey what you really want to say. It resists any kind of categorization.
“The mobility of ‘queer’, its resistance to definition and its affirmation of that identity which is irreducible to any heteronormative domestication calls into question the efficacy of any categorization.”  Julian Wolfreys (2004: 202)

At last, I speak out: I do not care what they call us. That means I am queer.


Bristow, Joseph (1995) Effeminate England: Homoerotic Writing after
   1885 (New York: Columbia University Press).
Luckhurst, Roger (1995) ‘Queer Theory (And Oscar Wilde): Review
    Essay’, Journal of Gender Studies, 4:3.
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky (1993), Tendencies (Durham, NC: Duke
    University Press).
Warner, Michael (ed.) (1993), Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and
    Social Theory (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press).
Wolfreys, Julian (2004) Critical Keywords in Literary and Cultural Theory
    (New York: Palgrave Macmillan).
José Flávio Nogueira Guimarães
Enviado por José Flávio Nogueira Guimarães em 12/06/2018
Reeditado em 13/06/2018
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