Posted by: Ophelia | September 24, 2008

Declare yourself

The 22-year-old actress casually told the co-host of the syndicated radio program “Loveline” on Monday that she’s been dating the 31-year-old DJ. The pair have appeared in public and been photographed together, but have never publicly commented about the extent of their relationship. CNN

The 29-year-old former “American Idol” runner-up, multiplatinum recording artist and Broadway star credits his son, conceived by in-vitro fertilization with friend and producer Jaymes Foster, with making him realize that he could no longer hide his homosexuality from the world. (Associated Press)

Just like the gender binary, the sexual binary (I haven’t yet heard Lohan identify as lesbian although this seems to be what media outlets intend to convey with this “news”) forbids any ambiguity. People must declare their sexuality so that society at large can then decide whether or not they’re deserving of human dignity and civil rights.

Let’s sprinkle in the perceived right to female celebrity bodies as well. When it was first suspected that Lindsay had switched teams, even local authority figures commented to the media about it. After all–its all of our business. Could it be that she isn’t actually sexually available? We must know!

Now for all of the celebrity news publications to smugly pat themselves on the back about how they knew the whole time. Clay Aiken was far too effeminate to be a true manly heterosexual and Lindsay Lohan had the temerity to be close to a woman in public!

Neither Lohan or Aiken had a real choice about coming out–they were sort of forced out by their celebrity (or what was their celebrity) and the publicity surrounding their sexuality.

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  1. People must declare their sexuality so that society at large can then decide whether or not they’re deserving of human dignity and civil rights.

    I think that really gets to the root of it. The public feels like it has the right to judge.

    Thanks for the insightful post.

  2. You know that is exactly what I thought when I saw the cover of People magazine. I simply hate the confessional nature that has been assigned to sexuality. The world that we live in assumes heterosexuality and constructs it as good and the gay person “must come out of the closet”. Why is it necessary to declare who you are intimate with and does anyone care. Nothing changed about Clay once he said that is gay.


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