‘Jaws’ is a Film Full of Queer Intimacy You Never Noticed
Jen Corrigan
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Suppose that two gay male friends who feel ZERO physical attraction towards each other as “potential lovers” exchange an emotionally supportive hug at the funeral of a mutual acquaintance. The hug may be fully sincere, and it may express a kind of profound intimacy, but — to my way of thinking — it does not express “queer intimacy,” even though each man happens to be queer.

The Wikipedia article on The Importance of Being Earnest notes that the deceptions and mistaken identity in the comedy’s plot can plausibly be interpreted as a deliberate allegory by Oscar Wilde about his own private life as a homosexual man in a heterosexual marriage. On the other hand, finding such symbolism in the plot is VERY different from arguing that the character of Algernon Moncrieff was literally intended by Wilde to be a closeted homosexual who only marries Cecily Cardew as a “beard.”