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1 Theorizing Queer Useful Concepts from Butler and Sedgwick Kevin Moss Middlebury College

2 Miss Coco Peru

3 Sedgwick ’ s tropes of gender & same- sex desire: gender transitivity or liminality gender separatism Eve Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet

4 Sedgwick ’ s gender transitivity: inversion anima muliebris in corpore virili inclusa a woman's soul trapped in a man's body androgyny or gender liminality Eve Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet (Berkeley: U. Cal. Pr., 1990), 87.

5 Sedgwick ’ s gender transitivity: androgyny or gender liminality

6 Sedgwick ’ s gender transitivity: androgyny or gender liminality

7 Sedgwick ’ s gender separatism: gay men as hypermasculine clones, leather daddies

8 Vjeran Miladinović, Terezin sin (Beograd: Vjeran Miladinović, 2001)

9 Rade loved men like I did, by a certain logic of ours we were sisters. We loved(voleli, m) each other just like sisters, complained(jadale, f) to one another and talked(pričale, f) about the soldiers we liked.

10 So it would be more interesting, more beautiful for them and for us, we began to speak among ourselves in the feminine gender. If men desire us as men, we wanted to try and see how they would react to us when we put on makeup and dressed like women.

11 Uro š Filipović, Staklenac (Beograd: Kontrabunt, 2002)

12 Uro š Filipović, Staklenac Anti-gender-transitivity In principle I hate all that camp transvestism and feminized behavior. Men disguised as women repulse me sexually and disgust me.

13 Uro š Filipović, Staklenac For me a man has to look both inside and outside like a real man. Homosexuality is in some pure ideal form the mutual attraction felt by two masculine men, rather than two feminized men or transvestites.

14 Eve Sedgwick: another incoherence in modern constructions of homosexuality Homosexuality as the property of a distinct minority population “minoritizing view” vs. Homosexuality as a sexual desire that potentially marks everyone, including ostensibly heterosexual subjects “universalizing view”

15 Survey among Serbian students: whom would you NOT want to have as a roommate? 70% Albanian 67% homosexual 63% Roma (Whom would you want to have: 75% Macedonian or Slovene)

16 Iran: No homosexuality, but trans is OK Documentary: Be Like Others Homosexual relationships are banned in Iran, but the country allows sex change operations and hundreds of men have elected for surgery to change their lives.

17 Reaction of “ Novomedia ” Association to showing Brokeback Mountain on Ukrainian TV We must point out that showing homosexual relations forms a distorted model of behavior, which is particularly dangerous for children, adolescents, and youth whose psyche and life values are still in formation.

18 Reaction to a California law banning discrimination in school materials SB777 bans anything in public schools that could be interpreted as negative toward homosexuality, bisexuality and other alternative lifestyle choices. “Parents want the assurance that when their children go to school they will learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic -- not social indoctrination regarding alternative sexual lifestyles. Now that SB777 is law, schools will in fact become indoctrination centers for sexual experimentation.” Meredith Turney, Capital Resource Institute

19 Frank Kameny Inspired by the slogan "Black is Beautiful" Frank Kameny (1925- ) coined the phrase "Gay is Good" in Though mild by today's standards, at the time it was a radical statement challenging the commonly held belief that homosexuality was a "sickness and a sin".

20 Gay Rights / Special Rights THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA IS A THREAT TO YOU...YOUR FAMILY... YOUR COUNTRY! Homosexuality is targeting our youth. The gay/lesbian agenda wants your child's mind and body! Homosexuals "procreate" by preying on the vulnerability of the young! Shocking as it may seem, homosexuals are being granted legal access to public classrooms where they recruit and propagandize the innocent.


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