By Lisa Duggan The battle royal has now been engaged over the question of whether health care reform will include a public option, with insurance industry flacks and free market ideologues drumming up hysteria and hauling out the loonies to denounce any public option as “socialist” (I wish) and “Nazi” (say what?), while mild mannered […]
Both my parents, black and white, are/were doctors. Before my mother married my father, she recently told me, she had privileges at a hospital in South-eastern Michigan that did not accept black patients. This was in the late-1960s/early-1970s. In “the North.” When one of her black friends, a doctor, tried to send a black patient […]
By Richard Kim originally posted at http://www.thenation.com on 7/10/09 Have you ever been at a polite dinner party and heard, in an exquisitely timed moment of silence, a loud, rasping fart erupt from one of the guests? The ensuing moment is ripe–with feeling. Oh my god, did everyone just hear that? How embarrassing!–for the offender, […]
Far from just congratulating urbane audiences for being in the know while laughing at white trash wrestling fans, I think Cohen reveals to the viewer how easily embarrassed mainstream gay audiences can be and how quickly people raise the alarm on homophobia for obviously satirical or comic films. People are much slower to suggest that films in which gays are shown to be insufferably good or neat or tasteful are also homophobic in that they too lack range when it comes to representing queer character.
By Tavia Nyong’o That Bruno was more or less what I expected should have come as no surprise: by the time the movie opened last weekend, it had been subjected to so much advance media coverage that, it turns out, we are all now familiar with about 75% of the stunts in the film, even […]
Or, Confessions of a Petophobe By J. Jack Halberstam (Under the topic: Freedom to Marry Our Pets) I never wanted a pet when I was growing up. The few odd rodent-like creatures we did try to domesticate (desert rats and guinea pigs) would either die quickly or shed their tails when rudely grasped by childish […]
By Tavia Nyong’o Campaigners for marriage equality sometimes accuse those of us queers who doubt it’s political centrality of romanticizing outsiderhood. As a longstanding admirer of wild and feral animals, I say, why not romanticize outsiderhood? Let us go ahead and embrace the romance of the great out of doors, of being raised by wolves […]
By Kathryn Bond Stockton (under the topic: Freedom to Marry Our Pets) The deed, in fact, has already been done. In fiction, in life. By children, of course. Another lesson from the queerness of childhood. In The Well of Loneliness (1928), when the Sapphic child, the “queer fish” Stephen, at the age of seven, hot […]
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Freedom to Marry Our Pets or What’s Wrong with the Gays Today? A Midsummer Blog in E-epistolary Form Dear Lisa- I just walked by some of those kids with binders shucking and jiving for HRC on a NYC sidewalk. “Do you have a moment for gay rights?” “Do you have a minute for gay marriage?” […]