I wrote the following brief essay in August 2017, in response to a call for short provocations about... something. I don't remember what, but it was rejected, and then there was never anywhere else to put it, so I thought I'd put it here. It is at this point of exhaustion, when we have become … Continue reading A Desiring Image: Dating Apps, and Sexuality without Bodies
Today in the first year Gender Studies class I teach, we were discussing the conclusion of Sara Ahmed's Living a Feminist Life, "A Killjoy Survival Kit". At the end of the class, I asked the students (as a fun activity, or what I think of as fun, anyway) to add something to the toolkit. Each … Continue reading Boots.
Lately, I've been listening to the Le Tigre song "Viz" an awful lot. One of the many side effects of insisting on a national survey to respond to the proposition of marriage equality is the increased focus on queer people in the community, which results in coding queer visibility as "other" or "different" and most … Continue reading Viz.
Once homophobia (or any kind of hatred) is given oxygen, it spreads. The legitimacy that a 'no' vote lends to the people who spread this hatred has the potential to provoke and support all manner of homophobia and violence.
This provides a platform not simply to deny one right, but as a starting point from which to erode the rights that have already been fought for, and won. Contrary to appearances, history is not a straight line (ha ha) and the maintenance of rights requires vigilance and energy as well.