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Neoliberalism, Neocolonialism and the Criminalization of “Homosexuality”

Nan Hunter interviews Scott Long of Human Rights Watch.

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The Kids Aren’t Alright!

If the message here is “see gay marriages are just like straight ones – we all face the same problems,” then surely the outcome of the film would be the end of marriage, the desire to find other kinds of arrangements that work? But no, this film, like many a heterosexual drama that turns the family inside out only to return to it at the film’s end, shows that marriage is sexless, families turn rotten with familiarity, lesbians over parent and then it asks us to invest hope into this very arrangement.

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Israeli GLBT Politics between Queerness and Homonationalism

By Aeyal Gross Aeyal Gross is Associate Professor of Law in Tel-Aviv University, and Visiting Reader at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Debates about homonationalism seemed to be at the focal point of Pride 2010. International attention was lavished on two events in particular. In Germany, Judith Butler […]

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Where Now? From Pride Scandal to Transnational Movement

A response from SUSPECT What in Germany has become ‘The Butler Scandal’ – Butler’s refusal of the Zivilcourage Award from Pride Berlin (egs.edu/faculty/judith-butler/articles/i-must-distance-myself/, youtube.com/watch?v=BV9dd6r361k&feature=player_embedded), which spread like wildfire through daily newspapers, facebook, queer blogs and e-lists, and even German TV (youtube.com/watch?v=QHztUv95osU&feature=player_embedded) – has shaken up and reconstituted the local and transnational terrain of anti-racist queer […]

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The Ogre’s Roar

The Ogre’s Roar – Shrek 4 By Jack Halberstam Is male midlife crisis really a good theme for children’s movies? It was the rationale for breaking out the superhero suit in The Incredibles (2004) the motivation for chicken hunting in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2010) and now it is the mechanism by which the latest Shrek […]

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A Whiff of McCarthyism

By Katherine Franke In previous posts on the Gender and Sexuality Law blog, I have questioned the wisdom of recent tactics of the marriage equality movement to force the disclosure of the names of all people who have contributed to “anti-gay marriage” referenda or propositions.  As I said before: The current political and legal strategy […]

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And the Bully Goes To….

There were a few sequels, no prequels and one squeakquel. We watched lots of people go up, a few came down again; we saw blue people, dead people, lots and lots of white people; we saw way too much of Meryl Streep and Matt Damon, way too many straight guys declaring their undying love for one another, not enough straight ladies declaring their undying love for one another, too many chipmunks, hardly any penguins

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Justice for Don Belton

Don Belton, a professor of English at Indiana University, was tragically killed by an assailant who, many in his local queer community are concerned, may seek to use a variant of the notorious “gay panic” defense. They are also concerned that “Hateful, racist, and homophobic remarks have been circulating on messaging boards under articles about […]

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A Note from the Unicorns: A Cultural Studies PhD Program responds to Michael Berube

By The Cultural Studies Graduate Group, UC Davis As students and faculty in one of the only PhD-granting cultural studies programs in the nation, we are prompted to respond to Michael Bérubé’s recent opinion piece, “What’s the Matter with Cultural Studies?” Located in the University of California system where we face dramatic program cutbacks, faculty […]

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What’s the Matter with Michael?

Guest Blogger: Ira Livingston, Chair of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute Michael Berube’s \”What\’s The Matter With Cultural Studies?\”— subtitled “the popular discipline has lost its bearings” (in the Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/14)– is a familiar version of what my friend George Cunningham calls a “ritual lament.”   Berube’s is so familiar– especially in […]