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.
To cane or not to cane, that is the question: Somewhere between the mirror and the international stage, Singaporeans and Singaphiles alike must all face the cane as the instrument and metaphor of state regulation in loco parentis whether or not the name of its founding father Lee Kuan Yew is invoked. The question has […]
By Eng-Beng Lim If only “trashy looking for the same” could substitute for the overly earnest, self-same search of gay looking, ads and apps like Grindr might be slightly more inclusive, and maybe even fabulous. But until then, the erotic prerogatives of this gay libidinal economy need no justification as a tradition of looking with an established […]
By Tavia Nyong’o “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” — Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform “My thoughts are murder to the state.” — Henry David Thoreau, 19th century American writer, conservationist, and […]
By Keguro Macharia I am seduced by the prospect of queer conference panels. I anticipate their erotic charge, their intellectual promiscuities, their fleshly abundance—so many queers in one space. I crave their sustaining energy, which enables me to inhabit less queer-friendly and distinctly queer-hating spaces. So I arrived at the MLA panel, “Queer Theory Without […]
How Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s latest video performs the lesbian phallus as posited by queer theorist Judith Butler.