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WHITE MEN BEHAVING SADLY by Jack Halberstam

The world of “Manchester by the Sea” is the world imagined by white men in an era when a Black man was in the white house and women held public offices at many levels. It is a world where the white working class man has no power – he dies young (Lee’s brother), he lives alone (Lee), he cannot even enjoy spending time in his basement with other white men.

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“Hiding the Tears in My Eyes – BOYS DON’T CRY – A Legacy” by Jack Halberstam

A recent protest at Reed College about the screening of Boys Don’t Cry raises questions about contemporary protest cultures.

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Winter in America by Jack Halberstam

“And now it’s winter Winter in America And all of the healers done been killed or sent away Yeah, and the people know, people know It’s winter Winter in America And ain’t nobody fighting Cause nobody knows what to save.” Gil Scott Heron, “Winter in America” 1974   “Winter is Coming.” Game of Thrones, 2011 […]

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Papa Doesn’t Smell The Heat

Mykki Blanco – High School Never Ends (ft. Woodkid) (Official Music Video) from The FADER on Vimeo. By Tav Nyong’o My constant teaching has been this: live for the drama, but don’t let the drama live you. You are not your gadget, you are not the face at the end of your selfie stick, or […]

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Twinks and Trolls

By Tav Nyong’o Once upon a time, I began to write a blog post about the satirical “Twinks4Trump” troll that had started appearing in my Twitter feed. Finding much-needed gallows humor in the idea of a twink for Trump, I began to follow the account. Eventually, I drafted an explanation for the appearance of this […]

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The #Orlando Syllabus

Eng-Beng Lim Week 1 From Gender to Gun Performativity Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity” Think Gender is Performance: You have Judith Butler to thank for that!   Week 2 Surviving Killabilities “Gender” (Halberstam) and other relevant keyword entries “Race,” “Sexuality,” “Militarism,” “Brown,” “Queer,” “Empire,” “Religion.” Jose Munoz, “The Future in the Present: Sexual […]

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Who Are “We” After Orlando? By Jack Halberstam

  In a recent response to the shootings of Latino gay men and others in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida, on June 12 The Atlantic ran an article claiming that violence against LGBT people in the US was all too common and was even more common than violence directed at other minorities. The main […]

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Straight Eye For the Queer Theorist – A Review of “Queer Theory Without Antinormativity” by Jack Halberstam

What is queer theory without antinormativity, we may ask with the editors of this special issue? Without a critique of normativity, queer theory may well look a lot like straight thinking. And, without these clear alternatives, that is what this volume threatens to become.

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Triggers and Lions and Vegans, Oh My!: From a Comment War to a Conversation about Cecil and the Ethics of Eating

By Will Stockton and Karen Tongson [A little disclaimer from your friendly neighborhood Bullies: We don’t usually host debates on this site, but when we do, they always involve tofu! Read on.]  Will: On July 1 2015, an American dentist and big game hunter named Walter Palmer killed a lion named Cecil in the Hwange National Park […]

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Trigger Warning: Toxic Masculinity in the U.S. Gun Phallocracy By Eng-Beng Lim

If ever there was a need for trigger warning, this is it.