The Queer Rhetoric Of Queer As Folk


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The Queer Rhetoric Of Queer As Folk

  1. 1. The Queer Rhetoric of Queer as Folk Christie Daniels The University of Texas at El Paso
  2. 2. Queer As History <ul><li>Acts  disorder. Homosexuality comes into existence to with the advent of psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Emergence of gay/queer as an identity </li></ul><ul><li>Differences between gay/queer </li></ul><ul><li>Minoritizing vs. universalizing… homophile movement and gay liberation movement… </li></ul><ul><li>Aims of the two factions… </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>gay=assimilationist. Represented in theory by feminism </li></ul><ul><li>Queer=liberationist/radical. Represented in theory by queer theory </li></ul><ul><li>“ Queer marks both a continuity and a break with previous gay liberation and lesbian feminist models” (Jagose 75). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Queer as Community <ul><li>Emergence of identity leads to ostracism (you move from becoming a person that does bad things to a bad person) behavior vs. identity… people are more willing to accept/forgive behavior vs. identity </li></ul><ul><li>Gays congregate in secret at first then post-Stonewall openly </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection by natural family leads to formation of a gay sense of community/”adopted” family </li></ul>
  5. 5. Queer as Television <ul><li>Wanting to be represented on TV/movies </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen… shattering the rainbow ceiling </li></ul><ul><li>Will and Grace – characters emerge but gays are still sexless on mainstream TV. It took Will how many season to get a boyfriend??? And when Will does get a boyfriend, all we see are nice safe hugs and kisses… </li></ul>
  6. 6. Enter Queer as Folk <ul><li>Queer As Folk argues that if straight sexuality and relationships are suitable for TV, so are gay/queer ones. </li></ul><ul><li>By secreting/censoring alternative sexualities, the assertion is that these sexualities are wrong/bad/immoral. </li></ul><ul><li>QAF counters that and places the very sex which is the basis for discrimination and ostracism to the fore. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Producers/writers of QAF blatantly attack the notion that the full richness of the lives of gay/queer individuals are not worthy of being shown… this includes sex… especially when sex is the very thing that is used to other gay/queer people to begin with. </li></ul><ul><li>As such, the show depicts graphically gay and queer individuals and the full complexity of their lives and sexual encounters. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Welcome to Pittsburgh <ul><li>Liberty Avenue… the epicenter of QAF… Babylon… the gay/queer heartbeat… etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Brian and Justin </li></ul>
  9. 9. Meet Justin <ul><li>Principled, idealistic, steady, loyal, commitment-minded </li></ul><ul><li>Represents the mainstream assimilationist gay </li></ul><ul><li>Ironically, the more feminine (i.e. breaking gender norms of the two) </li></ul><ul><li><clip> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Meet Brian <ul><li>Defiant, loyal in his own way, protective, principled (differently), idealistically anti-conformist (we can do without straight people, rules and society) </li></ul><ul><li>Represents the queer theorist… we must deconstruct/eschew the structures which create gay/queer inequality oppression </li></ul><ul><li>Brian in terms of gender is pretty conformist (i.e. masculine male) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Queer as Conflict <ul><li>Struggle between Brian and Justin over commitment echoes the tension in the community between assimilation and liberation. Do we simply want to be equal in a straight world or change the rules of the world we live in? </li></ul><ul><li>The bombing… </li></ul>