The New Homonormativity

I found Lisa Duggan’s essay “The New Homonormativity: The Sexual Politics of Neoliberalism” very interesting and equally worrisome. As described by Duggan, the IGF’s project is to imagine “a possibility of a demobilized gay constituency and a privatized, depoliticized gay culture anchored in domesticity and consumption” (179). Can gay (queer?) culture ever be depoliticized? For that would mean ignoring gay/lesbian history and assuming a uniformity of experience within the queer community. Both would be detrimental to queer culture. That’s not to say every act of expression in the queer community has to be, or should be, political. But at the same time, political/activist gestures shouldn’t be viewed as the aggressive by virtue or obsolete because of increased queer visibility. The political implications of queer expressions are, I think, only a sign of progress, in contrast to the politics of privacy that the writers of the IGF advocate.

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