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“Making it Perfectly Queer” by Lisa Duggan “I am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities” by Audre Lourde
Transcript of “Making it Perfectly Queer” by Lisa Duggan “I am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities” by Audre Lourde
The St. Patrick's Day Parade Scene 2 New York City, Spring 1991. Scene #3: San Francisco, February 1991 Main themes and concepts Main themes and Concepts "Outing"(pro & cons) Making it perfectly queer & I'm your sister The Second Annual Lesbian and Gay Writers Bailey,Doha,Megan and Nick Queer Theory on the Move community "This new community is unified only by a shared dissent from the dominant organization of sex and gender.But not every individual or group that adopts the name "queer" means to invoke these altered boundaries." (223) Making It Perfectly Queer
by: Lisa Duggan I am your sister Black women by Audre Lorde Connect articles Feminist perspectives Systems of oppression Current events/ YouTube Comparing oppression to racial equality and Civil rights movement -MLK Minoritized groups Sympathize with other Minoritized Groups liberal assimilation vs. militant nationalism The Tim Sweeney problem Outweek's "nation": it appears, is white, values wealth and celebrity for their own sake, and pursues self-interest in the narrowest possible terms." (220) You're not "valid" time to yourself if you don't out yourslef and make it your master status the 1970's ,lesbian feminist outlined a somewhat more ambivalent position "I often imagine it will be the "queer community"-the oxymoronic community of difference-that might be able to teach the world how to get along."Louise Sloan intersectionality
defining the community
the divide within the LGBT community how it affects this minority group Discussion Question How are the consequences of the
systems of oppression affecting
the women of
color in the LGBT
community? When your friend came out of the closet ,
did that make you think
definitely about him and why? How does society
this specific intersection conflict? ThJonathan Ned Katz and John D'Emilio, influenced primarily by feminist theory and the work of Marxists such as E.P.
The term " ghetto" is used to talk about the Queer .
A project in the Western culture :
ringing the formulations of feminist
theories to bear on issues of queer culture and politics. "As with all families, we sometimes find it difficult to deal constructively with the genuine differences between us and to recognize that unity does not require that we be identical to each other." ( 276) challenges
Views of the community 1. Liberal agenda that involves broad unification of gay and lesbian identity is problematic.2. Though community "outing" in this fashion allows for a more prominent political platform,
it would ultimately represent only white, gay, male experience. 3. Rather "queer community" respects the fluidity and complexity of identity and is united by only a "dissent from dominant organization of sex and gender." 1. Homophobia is alive and well in the black community.
2. A fear of difference or being seen as such has caused alienation between straight and lesbian black women.
3. Because of believed stereotypes, proud identity can become limiting in society.
4. These beliefs are the problem of the stereotyper, not the stereotypee.
5. Both black straight and gay black women are engaged in a freedom struggle. Not only does our Bill of Rights protect us all equally, but every religious tradition I know affirms that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Every man is somebody because he is a child of God." You are forced to make "Gay" or "Lesbian" your master status. Defining the individual and the community The women of Brewster Place Chicana Feminist Literature Browness What are the problems with defining a "queer" community as such?
Pros and Cons? http://colinon.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/gay-people-dont-have-a-duty-to-come-out-rachel-maddow/