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GWST 1502 Study Guide - Quiz Guide: Making Money, Armless, Intersectionality

Gender and Women's Studies
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GWST 1502
Carol Bigwood
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Bibi Zainab
Ms. Bigwood
3rd October 2017
Response on Freaks and Queers by Eli Clare
In this article, Clare points out various words used to describe different disabilities.
Freak shows refer to the acts performed by unusual humans such as uncommonly small or
large, people with extreme disabilities or those with both male and female sexual traits. Freak
shows were meant to make money which in most, people with unusual characteristics and
often real were shown and were looked down upon the grounds of being gay, queer and
lesbian. The main argument in this article was that people working in freak shows have never
earned respect instead they are manipulated and used by their bosses to entertain people
without knowing how harm it can cause to their identity.
Clare uses examples in the pasts and how they have manipulated people’s identities.
All the characteristics like “bearded woman, disable people such as Frog Men, nondisabled
people of color bought and kidnapped to the US were used in freak shows” (145). Now here
the question arises of what actually these individuals got, the African women and men who
acted as Ubangi savages made a nickel on every photograph they sold, while on the other
side, their owner made $1,500 a week. The author has expressed his feeling that he wanted to
hear these stories or read some autobiographies from these freaks but most of them were
never told, rather eaten up. Eli Clare is a member of LGBT Community and he encourages
the contributions of these disabled people who are portrayed in freak shows. He writes that
most of the means of entertainment like poetry, dance and theatre are written by disable folks
(156). Furthermore, he states that movements like 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act
prevents discrimination against individuals with disabilities in public life areas. The notable
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