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The denial of naming one’s relationship as well as one’s own sexual identity means deconstructing it. For this analysis, there are a few crucial terms that need to be clarified. First of all, let us clarify the terms sexuality and sexual identity. e. sexual identity. I will use the following meanings of sexuality here: sexuality as desire and practice and sexuality as discourse about sex. Our personal identity might not be defined around our sexuality but it sometimes is defined around it. Secondly, identity is a social act.

In fact, this essentialist reading reproduces the disposal of power that defines the second term as hierarchically inferior. Beatrice Gusmano 39 ______________________________________________________________ To me, reading the process of coming out as a performance is a way of surpassing this dichotomy. Notes 1 S Gherardi, B Poggio, Gendertelling in organizations: narratives from male-dominated environments, Liber, Copenhagen Business School Press, Copenhaagen, 2007. 2 J H Ward, D C Winstanley, ‘Watching the watch: the UK Fire Service and its impact on sexual minorities in the workplace’.

Their first encounter, first lovemaking, first fight etc. Their relationship gradually becomes a problem, and it is sabotaged by the pressure of its own definition, as well as the pressure for Mitch and 46 Deconstructing Sexual Identities in Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View ______________________________________________________________ Liz to define their sexual identity. Yet, does the refusal to define and label sexual identity deconstruct the concept itself? Does it also deconstruct sexuality?

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