When I shaved my head a few years ago, my mom's friends basically lost their shit.
FAHS: Valerie's sexual identity is still so bizarre—it's unable to be categorized according to the ways that we understand sexual identity today. We don't have the lens, yet—I want to say the word yet, because that's important. I don't want to put words in her mouth, but I kind of feel like she would have hated people calling her bisexual in the way that we define bisexuality today. I think the politics of sexual identity have the potential to become a lot better than they are now.
GHORASHI: Yeah, there really isn't a way for people to identify as gay or lesbian and also want to have hetero sex.
FAHS: Yeah, yet of course people do this all the time. I'm a sex researcher also, and I study a lot of behavior inconsistent with identity. Our identity categories aren't as advanced as what we understand to be true behaviorally, so I love the reviews of Up Your Ass from 10 years ago, because they're still saying things like, "Queer theory has nothing on Valerie." The characters have these sexual identities that we literally don't have the framework to understand yet.
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