LISA DUGGAN THE NEW HOMONORMATIVITY PDF

Although a movement for equality in relation to "gay rights" is worthy of mobilization, media coverage and policy changes, it is the ways in which particular queer media outlets address the topics of gay marriage, gay rights and the "fight for equality" that must be called to attention. In my observations of following multiple queer media outlets, the discourse of "gay marriage," and, thus, "gay rights," has been shaped by an extreme liberal discourse of human rights -- in which there is a constant push and demand that lesbians and gays have the right to marry, as it is a right any human should have. This is dangerous. This insidious heteronormativity that is seeping into the gay and lesbian community is what Lisa Duggan addresses in The New Homonormativity : The Sexual Politics of Neoliberalism as: Homonormativity: a politics that does not contest dominant heteronormative assumptions and institutions -- such as marriage, and its call for monogamy and reproduction -- but upholds and sustains them while promising the possibility of a demobilized gay constituency and a privatized, depoliticized gay culture anchored in domesticity and consumption In the lesbian and gay "fight for equality" for a right to marry, there is a reproduction of heteronormativity through the institution of marriage.

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Although a movement for equality in relation to "gay rights" is worthy of mobilization, media coverage and policy changes, it is the ways in which particular queer media outlets address the topics of gay marriage, gay rights and the "fight for equality" that must be called to attention.

In my observations of following multiple queer media outlets, the discourse of "gay marriage," and, thus, "gay rights," has been shaped by an extreme liberal discourse of human rights -- in which there is a constant push and demand that lesbians and gays have the right to marry, as it is a right any human should have.

This is dangerous. This insidious heteronormativity that is seeping into the gay and lesbian community is what Lisa Duggan addresses in The New Homonormativity : The Sexual Politics of Neoliberalism as: Homonormativity: a politics that does not contest dominant heteronormative assumptions and institutions -- such as marriage, and its call for monogamy and reproduction -- but upholds and sustains them while promising the possibility of a demobilized gay constituency and a privatized, depoliticized gay culture anchored in domesticity and consumption In the lesbian and gay "fight for equality" for a right to marry, there is a reproduction of heteronormativity through the institution of marriage.

The important questions that must be raised in the production of homonormativity include: What kind of gays and lesbians are to be included in this "fight for equality" through marriage? By who are these ideal, respectable, homonationalist gay and lesbian subjects being sought by and for what purposes? These questions outline the significance of how, through the processes of inclusion, there are still gay and lesbian or queer subjects pushed to the margins for their differences.

These others continue to be rendered invisible even within the gay and lesbian "fight for equality. This "fight for equality" outlines who, exactly, is allowed to participate in a white respectable, homonationalist project of "good gay" subject-making and becoming. It is clear how those who identify as gay or lesbian are considered "outsiders," even within their own communities, so, how might we keep feminisms open to "other Others" in its very commitment to collect forms of struggle?

First, queer spaces, including online space s , need to be continually interrogated and challenged -- especially if these spaces reproduce homonormative ideals. Second, alliance building must occur within our own communities. However, in order for this to occur, we must determine who are allies are. If we seek allies in our own community who refuse to include others sometimes ourselves in their politics, how are we to stand in solidarity with one another and resolve the very real issue of exclusion?

Third, in order for change to occur it must be tangible, graspable, not highly abstract and theoretical: People need to hear it, see it, feel it. If you are as privileged as I am to study and learn such concepts as "homonationalism" a concept developed by Jasbir K. Puar in Terrorist Assemblages and "homonormativity," you will also realize theoretical concepts can lead you straight into a brick wall: Their ability to create concrete change is lacking.

There are many more inequalities to be addressed and further dealt with. Although the queer media landscape in the United States is operating on the continual struggle for gay marriage and "equality," it is important to realize that by simply refusing the structure and institution of marriage, one refuses the hetero-and homonormative.

Refuse the system. Refuse what others cannot have, and will never have, because they will never be considered citizens; they will never be included in a homonationalist and homonormative project. By participating in "gay" marriage, by participating in the regulatory structure and institution of marriage, hetero and, thus homonormative desire is reproduced. Again, this is dangerous. An interrogation of and a resistance to a particular Western U.

As Sara Ahmed claims and I agree in "This other and other others," -- "There is a violence of seeking to assimilate difference back into the category of the same. In order for change to occur in the real world, a greater activism must occur: We need collective activism. We must also recognize the state of ambivalence that we will experience. We must also hold queer media accountable of reproducing a normative gayness: queer media need to take responsibility for pushing a dangerous liberal agenda that creates the "good gay" homonationalist citizen, and, as a result, continues to exclude others: those who refuse and reject homo normativity, or are refused and rejected by it: those who are not, and will never be, the "good gay" citizen.

We must recognize that these are the limits of liberalism: pushing for an agenda of gay marriage, gay rights, and gay equality at the expense of those "other Others" who are themselves excluded from this particular discourse. The solution is simply to refuse: Fuck normativity. Please use the comment section to add anything you would like clarified or expanded upon -- or to stress anything you would like to see happen in terms of action projects around this particular issue.

How might we be able to fuck normativity?

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I feel like there has been a lot of backlash from people with the gay community against the gay movement in recent years. Frankly, I am really surprised by this. Out and active gay people comprise such a small portion of the population, I would think there would be much more agreement. From her definition of homonormativity, I get the feeling that she has a real problem with normalization and assimilation. It seems like her vision of the gay community is hyper-politicized, mobilized, and vocal.

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