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Tag Archive — queer theory

The Woodwork

More than anything, marking my students’ papers on queer issues makes me think we have really turned a corner, societally, on GLBT* rights. For them, it’s mundane, it’s status quo. My undergrad students these days had same sex marriage laws in Canada since they were about 11 or 12; they have had sitcoms with queer […]

Freud, Reclaimed

A quick and dirty queer and feminist reappropriation of Freud would be to just replace all of his references to “normal sexuality” with “normative intimacy.”

Connoting Gender

Gender is one of the most complex words in our social and theoretical cannons. And a fundamental part of this complexity—or as Latour might say complicatedness—is that, to many, it appears simple and straightforward. As such, to define it, to speak of its denotation, becomes difficult, if not impossible. Like “queer” it escapes definition, or maybe more precisely […]

Hegemonic Intimacies

I am just reviewing an excellent article by Guillermo Avila-Saavedra for my Research Methods class and it got me thinking. The article (actually, an ICA conference proceeding) is called “The Black Working-Class Lesbian and Other Absences: A Holistic Approach to Queer Media Studies,” and is about how queer media studies often don’t live up to […]

“Birds Do It, Bees Do It…”

Today a link from my Guardian news feed reminded me about the sheer goodness of Isabella Rossellini’s short film series Green Porno. Started in 2008, Green Porno stars Rossellini in short dramatic reenactments of the sex lives of animals. Now, in addition to three series of Green Porno, I was excited to discover two new series of […]