Women's Studies 3A03 Text Notes and Discussion Week 7

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McMaster University
Women’s Studies
Dr.Jasmine Rault

Seductions of Empire • Pleasure in the deaths within our own communities • When something is made illegal, it makes it okay for pubic discrimination (as well as in private spheres) • Privacy project: legalize sodomy and gay marriage led by the leading strata of the neoliberal world order, those who benefited most from the increasing dominance of free market capitalism, structural adjustment policies, and the privitization of public space and welfare apparatuses • All the while leaving unnoted and undisturbed the ongoing criminalization and pathologization of other sexualities • Hope for a more tolerant future • Recodes good forms of national kinship (monogamous, consumptive, privatized) while punishing those that fall outside of them, particularly those forms of racialized and classed kinship that continue to be the target of state violence and pathology • Whose doors will continue to be kicked down • It is against this backdrop of global lockdown that the “love” becomes imaginable and attainable • Empire requires and solicits the production of certain ways of being, desiring, and knowing (while destroying others) that are appropriately malleable for what comes to be constituted as the so-called new world order • Solution for security is to demonize the racially/sexually aberrant other • The murder of the other is to be performed with gusto and state-sanctioned pleasure – state loyalty • Promises to some rely on non-promises to others • The enemy Others • The homonormative turn – only an insatiable appetite for annihilation could soothe the pains of our pasts... gay agenda • Political longing from stonewall to the suburbs • It is a highly privatized, monogamous, and white(ned) docile subjectivity that has been decriminalized • Prototypical good queer citizen: white, upwardly mobile, and willing to die in the battlefields to protect the security of the homeland, both within and outside borders • Homonormativity: a politics that does not contest dominant heteronormative assumptions but upholds and sustains them, while promising the possibility of a demobilized gay constituency, and a gay culture anchored in domesticity and consumption • Advertisement: “like every other couple in America, gay and lesbian couple in long-term, committed relationships deserve the same benefits and protections under the law” • Paying taxes: recaputultating a narrative of the deserving versus the undeserving (non)citizen • Certain forms of queerness are allows into the project of national reproduction while others are rendered continually abject, unworthy, or unstable to be assimilated into either hetero- or homonormative citizenship • The manufacture of an outside enemy • Killed or left to die because he is American (not because he is queer).. reassurance • Lest we slip back into the realm of the hated, the despised, the killable and the disposable, we must actively support and often embody the threat of force that lies on the other side of this tenuous promise, or so the logic goes • “I have nothing against homosexuals or any other group, promoting their agenda through normal democratic means” – this normalcy becomes the sole space in which this new decriminalized homosexuality can operate • Global lockdown not only naturalizes but also produces capitalist ra
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