Before I begin discussing Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others, Chapter 2: Sexual Orientation, I would like to show you all something “sweet” I found on tumblr!
Throughout her book, Sara Ahmed discusses orienting towards objects, cultures, and sexes. In Chapter 2 of her book Queer Phenomenology , Ahmed explains orientation in terms of sexuality.
She states that she would like to discuss sexual orientation by rethinking what orientation means in the term sexual orientation itself. What it means to orientate? she states that sexual orientation definitions have moved from genealogy into something some in between the lines.
Ahmed argues the idea of having a sexual orientation is only evident if you are away from the “neutral” heterosexual. What if our psyche and body begin to orient towards things that are not in the “straight line”. With these imposing questions, Ahmed attempts to broaden the readers perspective on the concept that orienting can be towards anything, even if you are on the “straight line”.
Ahmed successfully enlightens readers with a unique perspective of why and how homosexuality is a backdrop the heterosexuality, and that we would never consider being “oriented towards the opposite sex” because that is the norm.
I think Ahmed does a fantastic job in showing us perspective and giving her readers the idea that their may be an issue underlying the concept of orientation.