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—Karl Marx (via bewbin)
Orphan Black: Noseless Edition
Anonymous asked: could you please explain what are the issues with queer theory? I'm not completely sure what it is but it sounds like bullshit
That was a good laugh. I needed it. I feel like no one knows exactly what queer theory is because it’s so individualistic it can be used to mean or to justify anything, but basically:
Queer theory is a post-structuralist response to feminism (esp. second-wave feminism, I think?) that completely defies material analysis. Queer theorists are responsible for much of identify-as-you-feel politics - politics which discourage class-based analysis of structural inequality, and instead encourage the individual to focus on what the concept of “queer” means to them, which allows 100% heterosexual people to co-opt the concept if they want. Everyone wants to defy normality, right; everyone wants to approximate homosexuality, but no one actually wants to be gay. As a consequence of its identity politics, queer theory champions gender a vast, indescribable, immutable trait, and does not allow room for critical analysis of the oppressive qualities, or even discussions of the origins and nature of, gender.
In addition to being ineffectual, queer theory is also pretty homophobic in practice. It is to queer theory that we owe the championing “nonbinary” sexuality (e.g. derision of gays/lesbians as “monosexual” because we have the audacity to be attracted to only one sex), and we probably owe concepts like “pansexual” to queer theory as well. The latter concept has even been used to deride bisexual people for not being gender-inclusive enough, or something.
On a more personal note, I believe that queer theory is the enemy of critical analysis for gay men. Gay men have a lot of experiences that would predispose them to radical analysis, but queer theory’s overwhelming popularity with gay men has made it difficult for gay men to see themselves as members of an oppressed class with shared class history; instead, it’s all about the Self, what the individual gay man wants, and gay men have impressive historical amnesia and no tools to analyze the harms they do to each other or the ways they could seek their own liberation.
people have such a hard time comprehending gnc women that they had to make up masculine/butch privilege to compensate for their discomfort with women who don’t act like women “should” and somehow this is considered feminist
If I could destroy every pair of high heels in the world, I would.
Clue (Jonathan Lynn, 1985)