February 11, 2009 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

We use identity and it’s various tools all the time, whether copying someone’s behavoir to make ourselves better parents, more productive, or merely not fly into road rage. But when we use identity to produce pleasure, we are making the queer. Identity is a multi-faceted tool, one in which people play to find their place in society whether it’s a transvestite trying to fit in, or merely an ambitious lawyer curbing a behavoir to be better at her job. That often, and perhaps this is just me, we feel somewhat covert about our identities is due to the fact that we live in a culture that imposes penalties on pleasure seeking identities (GLBT) or that we often concieve of the self as fixed under the glare of science’s dictates (such a notion is changing in neurology though). Sincerity is a false idea, it pins itself on the idea of a central self, while pyscho-analysis opens up identity as pleasure (even that lawyer will enjoy her new found competiveness). Transgender is a somewhat radical attempt to fit in. We know 60 years after its advent that it is more than possible for some individuals to become the opposite sex (the other day I watched a transitioning khatoey on a date with her new boyfriend), but we have to ask why does society, especially Thai society, prefer to some people adopt traits of the opposite to the point that they “fit in”. Why do we demand a play with such strictly casted characters, a smooth surface to culture, when a more heterogenous one might actually suit us better. This is a contuation of an idea Vnai Dee had when I asked him why doesn’t cross dress anymore, and he said it was merely what society wants, that you fit in.

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