Concept – everyone conceptualizes sexuality differently. For some it is a behavior, for others it is a lifestyle, for others yet it is an illness or abomination. Considering the presence of English and English-speaking cultures in Japan, this project is concerned with the ways in which English as linguistic culture/system influences the participants’ understandings of their sexualities.
Performance – we perform our identities in many ways; some choose to construct a publicly open persona while others may choose to never publicize their sexuality. This project is concerned with the ways in which sexuality becomes performed or silenced in different linguistic communities and with members of those communities. Likewise, the ways in which language is used to perform sexualized identities is of equal interest.
Revelation – the coming out experiences (because they are a reality for those constructing public, sexualized, minority identities) can be examined in terms of who tells who what, and in what way. It is a rite of passage, a specific type of performance, for a sexual minority that can become a repetitive discourse, albeit one that has the ability to develop as the individual also develops. To get at the heart of Takashi’s (this project’s sample composite participant) comment about where he constructs homosexuality (In English, not in Japanese), we could look at the ways in which he reveals his constructed sexualized self, specifically regarding who he tells and in what ways.