I have been watching with interest the evolution of the word queer. At some point this word meant gay, but it clearly has nothing to do with homosexuality any more. It doesn’t seem to have any coherent meaning at all, but it does have something to do with wearing cool outfits. Anyway, in the latest article du jour about brave men who bravely put on the stereotypes of femininity and bravely start calling themselves women, there is a fantastic definition of what queer means.
“Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality for another world.”
Wow, the meaning of “queer” has gone past poetic and has become downright philosophical! Queer isn’t just a cool outfit anymore, now it’s an existential position on life expressed through a cool outfit. We boring cissies will never measure up to this level of sophistication!
You know, I actually agree with this definition. Judging by how people are actually using the word queer, I’d say it does mean a rejection of the actual world we live in and an insistence upon fictional ideas.
Once again, I’d have to say that I’m definitely not “queer.” I’m just a regular, boring lesbian who lives in reality and can’t be bothered to express my inner specialnes by wearing the right clothes and hairstyle.