Bully Blogger

The Bully Bloggers are a queer word art group.  We write about everything queer, so, pretty much everything.  Politics, culture, etiquette, vampires, cartoons, the news, philosophy, utopia and revolution.  This blog is our Bully Pulpit; we preach to the converted, the unconverted and the indifferent.  We are very serious, but in a silly sort of way.  We will be posting on topics that change weekly (approximately).  Please send us commentaries about any of our posted topics, and we will post them if approved!  Though we’re delighted with debate and disagreement, we will not post comments that are merely insulting.  We are at

And we are:

LISA DUGGAN, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. Journalist, activist, ambivalent academic. Author of Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed (U of CA Press, 2009); Twilight of Equality: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy (Beacon, 2003) and Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Violence and American Modernity (Duke, 2000). Co-author with Nan Hunter of Sex Wars: Sexual Politics and Political Culture (Routledge, 1995; 10th anniversary edition 2006), and co-editor with Lauren Berlant of Our Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest (NYU Press, 2001).

J. JACK HALBERSTAM, Professor of English and Gender Studies at Columbia University, Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam is the author of Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke Up, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998),  In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011), Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2013), Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variation (UC Press, 2018). Halberstam was also the co-author with Del LaGrace Volcano of a photo/essay book, The Drag King Book (Serpent’s Tail, 1999),  and with Ira Livingston of an anthology, Posthuman Bodies (Indiana UP, 1995). Halberstam’s new book Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire will be published by Duke UP in Fall 2020 and a second volume on wildness tentatively titled The Wild Beyond: On Art, Architecture and Anarchy will appear soon after.

JOSÉ ESTEBAN MUNOZ (1967-2013) was an original Bully Blogger. He was Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and author of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (Minnesota: 1999) and Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (NYU Press: 2009). He edited and co-edited various books and special issues of journals, and co-edited the Sexual Cultures book series for NYU Press with Ann Pellegrini. His last book will appear at Duke UP in Fall 2020.

TAVIA NYONG’O, Professor of American Studies at Yale. Writes on race, sex, and performance in 19th and 20th century American culture. Author of The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance and the Ruses of Memory (University of Minnesota Press, 2009) and Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (NYU Press 2018). Co-editor of Social Text.

JOSÉ QUIROGA, Professor of Comparative Literature, Emory University, works on contemporary Latinx and Latin American cultures, queer and gender studies, Cuba and the Caribbean. Quiroga’s books include include Mapa Callejero (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2010), Law of Desire: A Queer Film Classic (Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp, 2009), Cuban Palimpsests (U Minnesota Press, 2005) and Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America (NYU Press, 2001). In collaboration with Licia Fiol-Matta he directs the series New Directions in Latino American Cultures for Palgrave, and is completing edited collections titled The Havana Reader, and The Book of Flight. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012, and is always aiming to be a better escape artist.

ENG-BENG LIM, Associate Professor of Sexuality Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Dartmouth College. Author of Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Encounters in the Asias (NYU Press, 2014). He is a currently working on boy harems, botanical performance, the global university complex, and the emporium of senses.

DAMON R. YOUNG, Associate Professor of French and Film & Media at UC Berkeley. Writes about film, new media, critical theory. Author of Making Sex Public and Other Cinematic Fantasies (Theory Q, Duke University Press, 2018), and co-editor of The Cultural Logic of Contemporary Capitalism, with Nico Baumbach and Genevieve Yue (Social Text 127) and, with Joshua Branciforte, Queer Bonds (GLQ 17.2-3). His next project is titled “After the Private Self.”

12 replies on “About”

You have converted me already. I used to care now I’m Indifferent. I’ll be back.


is there a way to get email notification or rss feed from this blog that i’m obviously missing? i’d love to be able to get them.

[…] [6] See: Kastel’s: “Proud to Be a Failure: Queer Ethnographies and the Art of Queer Failure” The “ethnographic” studies referenced point to a larger ball-of-wax as gatekeeping and taxonomy fold into neo-colonial pressures. Just who exactly gets to say who someone else is anyway? I also tracked down Judith/Jack Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure (Duke University Press, 2011) but that one is going to be a tough slog and perhaps a mite too infra for an old straight boy like me. They do, however have slightly more accessible works available on a blog that features writing by a collective of like-minded and equally theory-savy writers with a taste for the provocative and pointedly arch. See: […]

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