Unstrung Letter I – Sexuality and Identity
Pat Cash discusses sexuality and identity and asks the question: “How do you identify a gay guy?” He likes musicals, dances to Kylie Minogue and watches the Golden Girls obsessively. “How do you tell a lesbian?” She wears leather jackets, has a mohawk and drives a motorbike down the Castro in San Fran. In this day and age, homosexuality proposes its own identity in the modern world which is remarkably absent in the annals of history. To be gay or lesbian is not just to like men or women sexually. It’s something more.
If the idea of what it is to be ‘gay’ becomes solidified and codified, perhaps more people are afraid to come out with their desire because that identity offers them nothing for their current lives played out in a ‘straight’ identity’s cultural context. Acceptance and tolerance seem to be on the rise. But, is that this socially propagated idea of gay is, paradoxically, leading to a more complete segregation of gay and straight communities?
This talk discusses how the construction of lesbian and gay identities has in many ways resulted in a wave of categorization, division and ultimately alienation throughout society.
Listen to Pat Cash’s talk (44:42) here:
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