Meg-John Barker

Queer: A Graphic History

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tanhas quoted3 months ago
Queer is something that we do, rather than something that we are (or are not).
tanhas quoted3 months ago
Queer theory is all about breaking down these kinds of binaries, which oversimplify the world into everything being either this or that
tanhas quoted3 months ago
B and T are in brackets here because LGBT rights agendas are often driven by gay men and, to a lesser extent, lesbians
tanhas quoted3 months ago
OUR PRIORITIES ARE OFTEN VERY DIFFERENT TO THOSE OF THE WHITE, MIDDLE-CLASS GAY “SCENE”.
tanhas quoted3 months ago
the focus should also be on the groups under the queer umbrella who are most marginalized, such as those who are at everyday risk of violence, suicide, poverty, and homelessness
tanhas quoted3 months ago
They point out that being “equal” is not always “equally good”
tanhas quoted3 months ago
Queer” quickly became a derogatory term for same-sex sex, or for people with same-sex attractions, particularly “effeminate” or “camp” gay men
tanhas quoted3 months ago
All the world is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
Remember queer = doing, not being.
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
ask what an idea or representation opens up and closes down. What is included and what is excluded? Might it be a matter of both/and rather than either/or?
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
Whatever you are considering is probably plural, rather than singular, and in process, rather than fixed and immutable.
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
SOMETIMES WE WISH WE WERE LIKE YOU, SOMETIMES WE WONDER HOW YOU CAN STAND YOURSELVES.
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
queer ambivalence (how queers can both desire belonging and acceptance, and reject the normativity that alienates them)
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
Queer theorists have argued back that academics should be allowed to express sophisticated ideas using complex terminology. Science, for example, is rarely criticized for this.
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
ONE CANNOT DECONSTRUCT A SUBJECTIVITY ONE HAS NEVER BEEN FULLY GRANTED. IN ORDER TO ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF THE SUBJECT ONE MUST FIRST HAVE GAINED THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AS ONE.
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
perhaps queer theory needs to move away from dismissing any form of identity category, to considering both what these categories enable for people and what they close down
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
This kind of gender explosion was exactly what Sandra Bem proposed was needed to dismantle gender inequality.
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
Co-opting trans people’s experiences to support any particular theory does a disservice to them, as well as presenting a diverse group as somehow unified, and, again, sidestepping the very real material challenges and discriminations facing trans people.
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
gender being socially constructed does not mean that a person’s felt sense of their gender is somehow not real or that they could easily choose it to be otherwise. Nor does it mean that there’s no bodily element to human experience. Butler argues against any kind of feminist policing of trans lives.
rosellahas quoted5 months ago
Trans people are often represented here as dupes of heteronormative medical discourses who could – and should – choose to remain in their assigned gender to challenge rigid gender roles, rather than transitioning.
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