The fact, or state, of being something.

In the context of sexuality, it is the identification within the spectrum of sexuality to a specific sexuality- with that coming not just the objective facets of said sexuality (romantic and/or sexual attraction, or lack thereof) but also the cultural components of it, and how it ties in with the larger sexual and social system(s) of the world.


sexual system

The acknowledgment that concepts of gender, sexuality, and performativity are generally different to per specific regions and/or cultures. It is important to note, especially historically, given that the dominant sexual system as it is now throughout the the United State (and worldwide) was not always as it was.

  • a great example of this are the myriad of sexual systems prevalent throughout the many Native American tribes that thrived pre-colonization. A good deal of these systems were destroyed (literally) and replaced with more Euro-centric sexual and social systems. (Margolin, The Ohlone Way)

Combahee River Collective Statement

Written in 1977 by the Combahee River Collective, a Black lesbian feminist organization from Boston, the statement directly highlighted issues that affected the Queer individuals and collectives within the Black community. It was an incredibly important piece in highlighting the intersectionality of racism, sexism, and homophobia, emphasizing issues not just outside of the Black community, but also within the Black community.


Seen as the assimilation of homosexual (and overall Queer) culture into heteronormative standards and ideals. For example:

  • masculine/feminine binary in Queer relationships
    • butch/femme, top/bottom
  • marriage as the ultimate barrier to equality

Also, it can be seen as the privilege of homosexuality (particularly white, male homosexuality) over other Queer identities. (Stryker)



The idea that sexual attraction to one sexual or gender identity (heterosexuality, or homosexuality) is somehow superior to that of sexual identities that apply attraction to more than one sexual or gender identity (bisexuality, pansexuality). (Serano, 4)