In the Introduction to The Politics and Poetics of Camp (1994), Moe Meyer rails against “social identity based upon the differentiation of sexual practices”, suggesting that “queer” identity can be “more correctly aligned with various gender, rather than sexual, identities”.
If “sexual behavior is clearly not the determining factor” to identity, then what is? Meyer suggests “some sort of public signification in the form of specific enactments, embodiments or speech acts”. But how is “queerness” defined? It would seem that the definition rests with the audience, the one who is reading and interpreting the enactments. Do we run the risk of everything potentially being labelled “queer”? If so, does queerness cease to have meaning? If we’re all potentially queer, is anyone queer?