“Sedgwick discusses the ways in which breast cancer is not only constructed as a secret, but how this construction defines woman as such.
Sexual and gender identities are reproduced through rituals surrounding breast cancer in which femininity is literally and symbolically reconstructed. She says “with the proper toning exercise, make-up, wigs and a well-fitting prosthesis, we could feel just as feminine as we ever had and no-one need know that anything had happened” (1994: 262).
I find that this silence only affirms woman’s confusion and this contradiction in the context of sexuality confirms the force of woman’s fear of being ‘different’. Encouragement to hide the consequences of breast cancer illustrates the concept of private and public, what is secret and what is revealed and what is shameful.” ~ Tracey Derrick
What did the ‘Firing Squad’ portrait of Tracey do to your heart?
What emotions did it trigger for you?