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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 Sullivan’s 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 today’s society, it is. The word’s 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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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course WR 100 taught by Professor Gilbert during the Spring '08 term at BU.
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