November 25th is a good day… for queers to become lesbians

So, I’m deciding I like November 25th. Today is two months since Lin’s 43rd birthday – she’s now 518 months old. I hope she doesn’t read this, because it won’t excite her. But it also means that she’s only 4 months from her half-birthday, which is one of those silly things we celebrated in undergrad … Continue reading

[semi] daily academia 11252008

Question of the day: How long did it take for someone to write the word “homonormativity”? 1995: “In a society whose institutions embody a presumption of heteronormativity and homo deviance, arguing that we are just like everyone else convinces no one. Further, the argument may not be true: we are just like heteros in the … Continue reading

11202008 [semi] daily academia

“In the case of gay marriage, the push for state-sanctioned kinship reconsolidates the exclusionary practices of the institution of marriage. This move recodes “good” forms of national kinship (monogamous, consumptive, privatized) while punishing those that fall outside of them, particularly those forms of racialized and classed kinship that continue to be the target of state … Continue reading

11192008 [semi]daily academia

“Queer theory recognizes the impossibility of moving outside current conceptions of sexuality. We cannot assert ourselves to be entirely outside heterosexuality, nor entirely inside, because each of these terms achieves its meaning in relation to the other.” (Namaste 1996: 199). Well, there it is. We are who we are because of them. The good part? … Continue reading

[semi] daily academia

A new tradition on TPQ – I pick a random quotation from some random theorists/academic and twist it here to fit my own purposes – after all, that’s the academic experiment, right? So, today on TPQ: “The ‘passing’ imperative, which begins from the moment a SRS-seeker enters a medical office and is sized up by … Continue reading

One more lesson this week…

Reporting fair and balanced news is the work of villains. My newspaper seems to be bearing the brunt of the criticism for the failure of Asheville Pridefest. Read the story here: http://gaynews.outinasheville.com/2008/09/10/asheville-pridefest-in-crisis/. The comments are the worst part – people don’t care what’s true – they want the LGBTQ newspaper to make everything LGBTQ look … Continue reading

Thesis Proposal 2.0

Okay, so this went through some revisions once again, and here’s something more like what the actual topic will look like – it’ll get polished over the next week, and then I’ll get started actually framing the conversation and writing the freaking literature review, gathering the data to be analyzed, and voila, instant thesis! As … Continue reading

Reading Jay Prosser

So, it’s an essay titled “Judith Butler: Queer feminism, transgender, and the transsubstantiation of sex.” I don’t know if I suggest reading it or not, decide for yourself… The most interesting part? It’s after the jump…