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Self​-​Critical Theory

from Self​-​Critical Theory by Alien Boys

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study femininity, this is real, this is me – it’s all my biology. Study masculinity, this is real, this is me – that’s just the dichotomy. read all critical theory, this is real, this is me – that’s just the academy. i’ll live it out as best can be if this is real and this is me – it’s performativity.
yeah, i know when i deconstruct these parts of me i know i follow dogmatic bullshit jests essentially
study Luce Irigaray my two lips speak truth for me – women’s writing is needed here. and what about Gayatri, i’m subaltern, silence me – actions speak louder anyway. Dworkin and MacKinnon, i swear i’ll never fuck again – violence in penetration. the bonding practices of men commodify my existence – you won’t exchange me for anything.
Yeah, i’ve read too much to let it be easy – i know, it’s all, all just a clusterfuck identity
and Freud, Lacan, psychology, i lack a cock, i’m incomplete – castrated, a phallacy. and Sandra Lee Bartky makes me feel so guilty – male gaze followed faithfully.
hey, i know it’s all about what you can see of me. it’s just these lips that seem to speak for me. i know i’m just the sum of parts you want to see.
if this is all that i can be, then this is real and this is me. fuck the parts you wanna steal, this is me, this is real. i can’t be told just how to feel, this is me and this is real.
i’ve come full circle into my own, and now i know that this is all that you want – just for me to be that cunt – that’s all that you want.


from Self​-​Critical Theory, released September 13, 2016


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