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The “tart” and the “queer” are figures that refer to two aspects of the heterosexual order. On the one hand, sex differentiation: each sex has its own foil and the danger of being associated with this foil is not the same for girls as for boys. On the other hand, the order of rank: while boys have to prove constantly that they are not “queers”, i.e. that they have their place among the dominant sex, all girls are a priori suspected of being “tarts” on account of their inevitably inferior position in the sex group classification.

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    Colin Giraud
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