Before reading this book, I thought that queer studies are about people who do not identify themselves as straights. As a result, as a heterosexual person who tries really hard to understand the so called queer fields in the academy, I often feel frustrated and even labeled as privileged.
However, Sullivan's book provides a new possibility to understand queer, which saves me from misery! She takes a post structuralist position and introduces those who participate in this align such as Foucault, Butler, and people who share the similar ideas which do not strictly define who are queer and who are not. From Sullivan's point of view, everyone who thinks that he/she subordinates to heteronormativity and tried to find a way to resist it can be seen as queer. This is a whole new idea to me, and I have to say I just love it!
This book also provides topics that are concerned in the field of queer studies nowadays, such as performativity, body politics, the challenge of feminism, etc. But don't worry, these difficult ideas are introduced by Sullivan in easy languages! This is also the part that I love this book!...Continua