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Unformatted text preview: September 17, 2007 WR 100: Queer Literatures 3-2-1 Summary Assignment 3-Paragraph Summary In The Trouble with Normal , Michael Warner asks the question Why normal? He refers to Andrew Sullivans The New Republic , in which Sullivan called on the gay community to abandon the notion of sexuality as cultural subversion (p. 52). Most people, including gays, find comfort in a feeling of normalcy. The notion of a queer identity goes against this innate desire to fit in, and it serves to further isolate gay people from the rest of the world. Normal, Warner argues, is a byproduct of the role of statistical methods in modern thought, which forces the individual to incessantly compare him or herself to the majority. Warner makes an interesting point when he refers to the downside of normal. Being like everyone else is not always good. Although it was not dependable, the work of Alfred Kinsey showed that 95 percent of men had committed some illicit sexual behavior punishable by law (p. 55). Is it normal to be different, even if different is bad? According to the mindset of todays society, it is. The words connection to other words like certified and approved allows it to convey a feeling of superiority and to strengthen the allure of conformity.of superiority and to strengthen the allure of conformity....
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