qtheory - Baker 1 Jessica Baker EH 330 Dr Dupr 5 October 2015 Queer Theory in a Nutshell Why does Queer Theory Exist What are gender roles Where did

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Baker 1 Jessica Baker EH 330 Dr. Dupré 5 October 2015 Queer Theory in a Nutshell: Why does Queer Theory Exist? What are gender roles? Where did they come from? Who decides which actions are masculine and which ones are feminine? The short answer would be that gender roles are a byproduct of heteronormative thinking that has been passed down through countless generations of patriarchal society. When a young boy plays with tools or toy cars, he is performing his gender role in accordance with the Patriarchal society in which he lives, but if the same young boy were to play with dolls, he would be stepping outside of the social construct of heteronormative activities. Gender roles and heteronormative ideals are a direct result of capitalism. Capitalism not only promotes heteronormative lifestyles, but also encourages gender inequality. Queer theory addresses many of these issues. Simply put, queer theory is a way of answering questions about what is considered normal and why. Queer theory further addresses which groups of people are oppressed by the idea of the norm, employing readers to examine the notion of the anti-norm, explore ideas foreign to heteronormative teachings, and figure out what need is being fulfilled by the creation of Queer theory. In order to understand the anti-norm, it is important to understand what is considered to be normal within the social construction in question. Due to centuries of patriarchal rule, it is clear that the norm, at least for Americans, consists of being a heterosexual white male. This idea
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