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A Fashion for Self-Fashioning

Most everyone in the Commonwealth, Europe, or North America can tell you what they are gay, straight, bisexual, bicurious. The categories of sexual identity subdivide as their capacity to designate fails some individuals. In our current context, it seems natural that everyone has a sexual identity; indeed, we feel a certain amount of pity toward those who disclaim a sexual identity, and relieved when those who held one at odds with our own perception of them finally ‘come out’ as whatever they have determined themselves truly to be. But how did it happen that something so clearly variable across cultures, places, times, and even individual life spans should be taken as not only a natural possession of each individual psyche but ...

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