“You are a protagonist of the queer movement and see it as radically democratic and sexually progressive.“
Judith Butler :
“Yes, but it's not always democratic. It can fall into the same patterns as all the other movements can. When it emerged it was really suspending the question of identity. Some people say it is modern play, playing of the sexes and this kind of stuff. I don't think that's true. I think politically it is the bankrupcy of the politics of identity and the showing that we have to think coalitionally to get things done. That it doesn't matter with whom we sleep with. The queer movement was anti institutional with a critique to normalization: that you don't have to get normal to become legitimate.
My understanding of queer is a term that desires that you don't have to present an identity card before entering a meeting. Heterosexuals can join the queer movement. Bisexuals can join the queer movement. Queer is not being lesbian. Queer is not being gay. It is an argument against lesbian specificity: that if I am a lesbian I have to desire in a certain way. Or if I am a gay I have to desire in a certain way. Queer is an argument against certain normativity, what a proper lesbian or gay identity is.“
Lolapress (International Feminist Magazine)
Judith Butler : Biography - Theory