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Homotextual: Jeannette Winterson

Filed By Ed Team | November 01, 2007 7:40 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: gender, Jeanette Winterson, queer

"Being queer, that is not straight-line, not belonging, tells me that gender is only the beginning of the story, not the last word. I like some ambiguity. One of the exciting - and dangerous - things about email is that we have no way of discerning gender, and that upsets a lot of our notions about innate masculine or feminine traits. Listen, I don't want a unisex world. I like it the way it is, but I think we should have more fun with it, and the fun and the experiment is what Queer Culture is all about. To that extent, my own experience interfaces with my work."

--Jeanette Winterson, in an interview on The Power Book

Thanks, R.! You're too hot!


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Correction, Alex:

This isn't in The Powerbook

It's from an interviwe in which Winterson discussed The Powerbook among other things

I was just reading A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf and found this:

At any rate, when a subject is highly controversial-- and any question about sex is that-- one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinions one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker. Fiction here is likely to contain moer truth than fact