Friday, January 31, 2014

Getting an education...

In deep sh-t.

LGBTQ.  Genderquerness.  Queer theory.  And that's not all.  It is dizzying, mind-boggling stuff.  I'm doing a lot of reading.

For today's post, we will look at a few random quotes from various authors.  If they don't make sense, don't worry - that's because it's queer.

Once the term 'queer' was, at best, slang for homosexual, at worst, a term of homophobic abuse. In recent years 'queer' has come to be used differently, sometimes as an umbrella term for a coalition of culturally marginal sexual self-identifications and at other times to describe a nascent theoretical model which has developed out of more traditional lesbian and gay studies. The rapid development and consolidation of lesbian and gay studies in universities in the 1990s is paralleled by an increasing deployment of the term 'queer'. As queer is unaligned with any specific identity category, it has the potential to be annexed profitably to any number of discussions. In the history of disciplinary formations, lesbian and gay studies is itself a relatively recent construction, and queer theory can be seen as its latest institutional transformation. - Annamarie Jagose
The appeal of 'queer theory' has outstripped anyone's sense of what exactly it means. -Michael Warner 
[It] will have to remain that which is, in the present, never fully owned, but always and only redeployed, twisted, queered from a prior usage and in the direction of urgent and expanding political purposes, and perhaps also yielded in favor of terms that do that political work more effectively. - Jagose 
The LGBT model and its feminist dominated agenda is both personally unappealing and IMHO unsustainable over the long term and therefore culturally suicidal. To put it in Jack Donovan’s typically brusque way: A society dominated by women and effeminates cannot survive. - Dr.AndroSF
Women couldn't be oppressed if there was no such thing as 'women' ... doing away with gender is key to the doing away with patriarchy ... Gender fluidity is the ability to freely and knowingly become one or many of a limitless number of genders, for any length of time. Kate Bornestein

Can you see how the deconstruction of gender identity is essentially intellectually dishonest and unreliable?  Therefore, what Pope Benedict  said makes so much sense:
According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society. The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious.” - Source 

It's a much bigger issue than simply identifying as gay.  


  1. "Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. 3 For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: 4 And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.”

    – II Timothy 4

  2. Hi Terry ... dovetailing this ...

    Radical Feminism, Lesbian Separatism and Queer Theory, by Kathy Rudy

    "The problem, then, is not that queer theory deconstructs gender but, rather, that it sometimes tacitly assumes that liberation is synonymous with participation in a narrowly defined "public" life. In their focus on frank discussions of sexuality, some queers have virtually eliminated the need for caregiving and other elements historically connected to the realm of women. ...In rejecting that notion of womanhood, queer theorists have thrown out also the need or desire for many attributes associated with woman's worlds."

    " ... Queer discourse on academic and popular levels can help us avoid configuring gender as an ontological necessity and see it instead as something we construct and perform. Moving beyond the male! female binary will free us from unnecessary gender discrimination currently present in many aspects of social life."



    1. PML - I am so grateful that you chose to comment on this. It is a helpful contribution to the post. I know of one writer on these issues who emphasizes her embrace of her particular feminine role while differentiating her queer self - not sure I'm saying that right - but it falls in with the last quote you offered:

      "Queer discourse on academic and popular levels can help us avoid configuring gender as an ontological necessity and see it instead as something we construct and perform."

      Like it or not, this is part of the mix in the promotion of the gay/queer movement.

      Thanks again!

  3. As you said in another post, "like a cat chasing its tail"... it really does want to catch it, but what will it do if it catches it?

  4. Amen to this. Crazy, crazy stuff out there these days!


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