- Gender and Sexuality (ISSN:18804764)
- no.15, pp.115-137, 2020-03-31
Judith Butler's theory of melancholy gender echoes some findings inasexuality studies; however, it does not consider asexual agency. Thus, thisarticle aims to review Butler's literature from the standpoint of asexualitystudies. I argue that Freudian theory denies the possibility of asexualitybecause of its hypothesis of primary narcissism. Similar to melancholia,primary narcissism has the "trace" of the object. However, Butler overlooksthe significant difference between melancholia and primary narcissism. Unlikemelancholia, primary narcissism is not marked by the experience of selfberatement;thus, it does not contain any affects that can be converted topolitical expression. In the system of compulsory sexuality, asexuality can besituated in a similar position. Based on the above points, I refer to theprohibition of homosexuality in melancholia as "foreclosure" and the denialof asexuality in primary narcissism as "erasure." In this way, Butler'sframework is extended in order to theorize the possibility of resistance inasexuality.