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"The strong sisters told the brothers that there were two important things to remember about the coming revolutions.  The first is that we will get our asses kicked. The second is that we will win." (Anonymous)

 

Recent Work: The Omnibus Edition

June 10, 2013

It's been a while since I've posted here, and that's in large part because I've been busy with some long projects.  This is only a sampling, and I'll have a more detailed post later.  But for now, here are some snippets and news...

Gay Marriage's Economic Underside

March 26, 2013

The Supreme Court takes up gay marriage this week.  Utterly incapable of understanding or relaying nuance, mainstream media continue with their myopic portrayal of all this as a battle between the goodies and the baddies.  Here, sweet, sad gays who just want to express their love are pitted against evil meanie Rightwing fundamentalists skewering gays and their children for breakfast.

This picture erases the complicated matter of what will happen if the gays win or lose.  We're screwed either way, no matter the outcome.  

Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference

In representing only the good immigrants, undocumented activists are literally and metaphorically the dream activists of neoliberalismemphasising individualised narratives about freedom over systemic critique.

Gay Marriage Hurts My Breasts

Gay marriage is supposed to help my breasts. The gay marriage movement, in its relentless search for rationales for what is inherently a conservative movement around “normalcy” and acceptance, often makes the case that healthcare is a primary reason to make it legal. In the process, it has created a climate where the most progressive/lefty people, gay and straight, fail to see that healthcare is an economic matter and something that should go to everyone, regardless of their marital status.

Fuck Love

November 1, 2011

By, in effect, pretending that violence is restricted to matters like rape and emotional abuse between partners of a sexual sort, or sexualised relations, as between organisers and those who work under them – the word “intimate” here certainly signifies only one kind of intimacy – [we leave] untouched and untheorised the great violence of power and silence that comes about in activist communities.

In other words, [we continue to pretend] that the only people who can fuck you up are the people you fuck.

What’s Left of Queer?: Immigration, Sexuality, and Affect in a Neoliberal World

 

May 12, 2010

We need to refuse the narratives of abjection that are routinely forced upon us. They only render us immobile creatures, begging for help. We are all neoliberals now. We’re all selling our bodies, our lives, our stories to the media and to provide comfort to ourselves. Those stories have to be challenged and reworked or we lose sight of the larger story of economic exploitation, at our peril.

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by Dr. Radut