In the show the United States of Tara, Tara is a woman who has three different personalities besides herself. She is Tara but then can turn into the fifties housewife Alice, the teenager T, and Buck her gun loving male personality. Now in this show Tara is allowed to explore all sectors of gender. She is able to be herself, which is a mix of masculine and feminine qualities, or ultra female or ultra masculine. Tara fulfills queer theory because she has no definition of gender between her four selves. Each personality is able to live through her and explore those questions.
This show, in its own quirky and unusual way, is able to show the problems of defining gender through the way that our culture tells us to. While watching the show with my friend I am constantly asking is she gay? is she bi-sexual? is she masculine? The fact that I am always looking for a way to label her reveals how society has shaped my perspective. Through the queer theory it is understood that gender is a performance of society's dictation and that living by the theory is to look at it will simpler terms and not to automatically try to label.