Queer theory believes:
-in the notion that things are fluid
-things mean what we want to define them as
-deconstruct our gender identities as a key and effective strategy for resistance
-Social identities are mechanisms of social regulation
-Realize that gender is a system of reproduction
The movie “Boys Don’t Cry” was mentioned and I did not know much about it. The title had been thrown out a bunch of times, but I had never sat down and watched it. Before sitting down to watch it I thought it was going to discuss masculinity. What I actually watched was much more moving.
Hilary Swank plays a young male transgender. While he conceals his true sex from his new friends in Nebraska, after a period of time they do find out that Brandon is not who he says he is. Two of the supporting male characters are so disgusted and enraged over learning that Brandon is actually a women, they beat and rape Brandon. At the end of the movie these two men end up killing Brandon. While I thought it was a really good movie, it was even more moving to learn that it was based on a true story.
Throughout the world many people have not been accepting of people who are homosexual, bisexual, transexual, transgender, just to name some. People who fit into these categories are often met with hostility and discrimination. While you may not be able to fully understand what they feel like or why they are the way they are, they are still human. All humans deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. I think the film showcases just one of hundreds and thousands of events where someone who is considered “Other” has been assaulted for simply that.