Rough Draft of “Using Helplessness to Reimagine the LGBT Community”

Here is a rough draft of a paper to be presented at Reinstating Transgression: Emerging Political Economies of Queer Space, American University on April 17–18, 2010.

This is a rough draft and I would love feedback. I would like to incorporate more of a political economy approach, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know. Click below to read.

Rough Draft: Using Helplessness to Reimagine the LGBT Community

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3 responses to “Rough Draft of “Using Helplessness to Reimagine the LGBT Community”

  1. Friend of mine commented (and I want to remember his comment…hence me posting the comment):

    “I gave this a skim… it occurs to me that the Horatio Alger mythology might be a place for a pol.econ. intervention… the creation of autonomous “helpless-less” individuals is certainly the ideological fever-dream of libertarianism (and a symptom of [white]bourgeois class consciousness – I think this is even in Marx’s critique of bourg. pol. econ… See More.), and the army-of-one mantra seems reliant on neoliberal discourses of flexible workers who accumulate valuable skill sets. “I pay taxes, let me marry” is interesting: instead of relying on civil rights or human rights discourses, it appeals to consumerist ones along class (poor people don’t pay taxes — what rights have they “purchased”?). Just a few ideas. Not sure how to make it work with the psychoanalytic stuff.”

    Very useful.

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