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Queer sensibilities: notes on method

07 Apr 2017-Politics, Groups, and Identities (Routledge)-Vol. 5, Iss: 1, pp 172-181
TL;DR: The authors characterizes queer methods developed in the humanities in ways that may be useful in social science and law, since it is antithetical to queer theory's resistance to fixity to concretize.
Abstract: This note characterizes queer methods developed in the humanities in ways that may be useful in social science and law. Since it is antithetical to queer theory’s resistance to fixity to concretize...
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TL;DR: The following story is an introduction to an interesting exploration of the concept of shame, providing new insights into this important notion through the humanbecoming theoretical process of concept inventing.
Abstract: The following story is an introduction to an interesting exploration of the concept of shame, providing new insights into this important notion through the humanbecoming theoretical process of concept inventing.

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors argue that the public desexualization imperative, represented by indignation toward President Donald Trump's pussy-grabbing antics and the concomitant, albeit justified, movement to expose decades of his sexual harassment of women, casts a shadow across queer citizens that chills sexual expression in democratic discourse and public life.
Abstract: This article cautions against the strong impulse in the #MeToo movement to desexualize politics. Informed by queer theory, the article argues that the public desexualization imperative, represented by indignation toward President Donald Trump's pussy-grabbing antics and the concomitant, albeit justified, movement to expose decades of his sexual harassment of women, casts a shadow across queer citizens that chills sexual expression in democratic discourse and public life. The public desexualization imperative presents a double bind that creates, on one hand, public spaces that are less threatening and discriminatory to women and, on the other, public spaces that—from a queer white cisgender man's perspective, one whose only “marking” is his sexuality—erase queers’ valued differences. The author uses personal narrative to describe and apply tools (conceptualized as fagchild tools) that help navigate tensions between women's equality movements and queer efforts to gain fuller, more open sexual citizenship. The article focuses, first, on softening the body politic (implicitly a white cisgender heterosexual male body) to provide sociopolitical space for sexual pluralism. Second, the article uses the sexualization of House Speaker Paul Ryan to argue that making space for queer sexualities may require accommodating the expression of nonqueer sexualities, including those that most of us find offensive.

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  • ...Anger guides my argument that certain queernesses and queer theories were being left behind in marriage equality discourses: same-sex marriage amounts to assimilation to heteronormativity (Thomas 2017b)....

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  • ...I ranted, to no avail, at homonormativists who use marriage and other twigs in heteronormativity’s faggot — monogamy, breeding, parenting, coupling, sexual privacy — to fuel mainstream gay and lesbian social movements at the expense of other queerness (Thomas 2017b)....

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  • ...Elsewhere I characterize queer sensibilities, outspeech, and anger as fagchild tools (Thomas 2017a, 2017b, 2017c)....

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  • ...I enter the sexual citizenship discourse feeling like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest” (Thomas 2017b, 409–10).3 My mental, physical, and emotional health eroded....

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  • ...…atop the agenda “while mean kids bully the fagchild because their fathers bully, terrorize, beat, and murder mothers, queers, and kids . . . while we pretend we are not vulnerable, that we will not die, and, disembodied, we will live forever in a future that never comes” (Thomas 2017b, 409)....

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01 Jan 1993
TL;DR: The concept of "sex" is itself troubled terrain, formed through a series of contestations over what ought to be decisive criterion for distinguishing between the several sexes; the concept of sex has a history that is covered over by the figure of the site or surface of inscription as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: The category of “sex” is, from the start, normative; it is what Foucault has called a “regulatory ideal.” In this sense, then, “sex” not only functions as a norm, but is part of a regulatory practice that produces the bodies it governs, that is, whose regulatory force is made clear as a kind of productive power, the power to produce – demarcate, circulate, differentiate – the bodies it controls. The concept of “sex” is itself troubled terrain, formed through a series of contestations over what ought to be decisive criterion for distinguishing between the several sexes; the concept of sex has a history that is covered over by the figure of the site or surface of inscription. The relation between culture and nature presupposed by some models of gender “construction” implies a culture or an agency of the social which acts upon a nature, which is itself presupposed as a passive surface, outside the social and yet its necessary counterpart.

2,635 citations

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01 Jan 2004
TL;DR: Lee Edelman as discussed by the authors argues that the child, understood as innocence in need of protection, represents the possibility of the future against which the queer is positioned as the embodiment of a relentlessly narcissistic, antisocial, and future-negating drive.
Abstract: In this searing polemic, Lee Edelman outlines a radically uncompromising new ethics of queer theory. His main target is the all-pervasive figure of the child, which he reads as the linchpin of our universal politics of “reproductive futurism.” Edelman argues that the child, understood as innocence in need of protection, represents the possibility of the future against which the queer is positioned as the embodiment of a relentlessly narcissistic, antisocial, and future-negating drive. He boldly insists that the efficacy of queerness lies in its very willingness to embrace this refusal of the social and political order. In No Future , Edelman urges queers to abandon the stance of accommodation and accede to their status as figures for the force of a negativity that he links with irony, jouissance , and, ultimately, the death drive itself. Closely engaging with literary texts, Edelman makes a compelling case for imagining Scrooge without Tiny Tim and Silas Marner without little Eppie. Looking to Alfred Hitchcock’s films, he embraces two of the director’s most notorious creations: the sadistic Leonard of North by Northwest , who steps on the hand that holds the couple precariously above the abyss, and the terrifying title figures of The Birds , with their predilection for children. Edelman enlarges the reach of contemporary psychoanalytic theory as he brings it to bear not only on works of literature and film but also on such current political flashpoints as gay marriage and gay parenting. Throwing down the theoretical gauntlet, No Future reimagines queerness with a passion certain to spark an equally impassioned debate among its readers.

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"Queer sensibilities: notes on metho..." refers background in this paper

  • ...…queer development: the barebacker’s rectum is a grave (Bersani 2011), homosexuality spreads like a contagion (Rohy 2015), queers are waste (Schmidt 2014), queers have a death drive and no future (Edelman 2004), queers are not normal (Warner 1999), and we can bring kids up gay (Sedgwick 1991)....

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TL;DR: In this article, the forms of the southern clouds at dawn on the 30th of April, 1882, and the outlines of the foam raised by an oar in the Rio Negro the night before the Quebracho uprising were reconstructed.
Abstract: knew by heart the forms of the southern clouds at dawn on the 30th of April, 1882, and could compare them in his memory with the mottled streaks on a book in Spanish binding he had only seen once and with the outlines of the foam raised by an oar in the Rio Negro the night before the Quebracho uprising. These memories were not simple ones; each visual image was linked to muscular sensations, thermal sensations, etc. He could reconstruct all his dreams, all his half-dreams. Two or three times he had reconstructed a whole day; he never hesitated, but each reconstruction had required a whole day.3

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TL;DR: In the summer of 1989, the United States Department of Health and Human Services released a study entitled "Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide" written in response to the apparently burgeoning epidemic of suicides and suicide attempts by children and adolescents as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: In the summer of 1989, the United States Department of Health and Human Services released a study entitled "Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide." Written in response to the apparently burgeoning epidemic of suicides and suicide attempts by children and adolescents in the United States, the 110-page report contained a section analyzing the situation of gay and lesbian youth. It concluded that, because "gay youth face a hostile and condemning environment, verbal and physical abuse, and rejection and isolation from families and peers," young gays and lesbians are two to three times more likely than other young people to attempt and to commit suicide. The report recommends, modestly enough, an "end [to] discrimination against youths on the basis of such characteristics as...sexual orientation."

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