With the recent onslaught of posts that I'm sure you all have noticed comes the distinct possibility that traffic at my blog will increase. (I say that with hope and not with arrogance, by the way.) And with increased traffic comes more exposure and with more exposure comes the opportunity, or even necessity, to more clearly define what I'm doing here. For some people, I'm sure that my mission at Queering Domesticity is obvious. For others, not so much. So let me lay it out here for you, as plain and simple as I can.
As a queer person and a woman, I'm expected to fulfill certain roles and participate in certain rituals and rites of passage as determined by the general populace. There are social, cultural and community cues and rules that I interact with on a daily basis telling me how I should and should not behave. If I were to follow the flock, I would probably be significantly different than I am now...and much of my life would revolve around what everyone else in the world expects and appreciates from people like me. Queer people, as a community, are not necessarily encouraged to be domestic. In fact, it is shocking and queer when we settle down in any way, rather than coating ourselves in glitter and feathers and marching in Pride parades and reveling in our diversity. The things that society detests about GLBTQ people are the same stereotypes to which were are held...and I'm one voice that's here to say that we're just about as normal as can be.
There have been studies conducted and written on gay domesticity. More clearly, commentary exists about how gay men have taken on a very important and influential role in cooking, design and general homemaking. Martha Stewart is a well known supporter and employer of gay men as evidenced by her show and staff. Ina Garten frequently invites her gay male friends over for dinners and cooking tutorials, as her proximity to NYC lends itself to invite her Broadway-bound buddies. And various cooking shows have featured lesbians and queer women as fierce competitors in the kitchen, such as Hell's Kitchen and Top Chef. Gay and lesbian couples have been featured on shows such as Trading Spaces and A Baby Story on The Learning Channel, all in an attempt to show or prove that we (the GLTBQI community) are really one in ten. What these programs and social experiments do not show is the domestic pursuits of lesbians and queer women. Our deviant sexuality is translated into deviance from all gender roles, and we are often depicted in ways that suggest we shun "femininity" and revel in the freedom of "masculine" pursuits. I think that sort of generalization is a laughable joke.
Queering domesticity, the blog and the lifestyle, is an opportunity for me to revel in and deconstruct all that is normal for me, but unusual in the face of mainstream queerness. The expectations society puts in place for heterosexual women are, in fact, things I love to do. Based on the reactions I have received from my peers, straight and queer, about my interests and behavior, I’m inclined to think that I am unique, special and queer (in the denotative sense as much as the connotative) for being so toe-the-line normal. This blog is my way of celebrating and sharing this reality with the world, for myself and for my community.