Homonormative brown bag

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  • 1. Homonormativity and the New Legal Citizenship: Viva Oppression? Chris Ashford Reader in Law and Society
  • 2. Key Socio-Legal Landmarks
    • Wolfenden Report 1957
    • Sexual Offences Act 1967
    • Thatcher: HIV/AIDS & S28
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U219eUIZ7Qo&feature= related
  • 3. Key Socio-Legal Landmarks
    • Major government – age of consent
    • Labour Government – Blair/Brown – equality agenda
    • Coalition Government – criminal convictions, marriage (ceremony and institution)
  • 4. Normativity
    • (Hetero)normative
    • (Homo)normative
    • Berland and Warner (2000)
    • Cobb (2010) ‘a conservative political agenda grounded in demands for citizenship rights and dictated by the equality agenda’
  • 5. The Queer Debate
    • Gay Liberation Front 1971 – Manifesto – ‘the family’
    • Grey ‘the loony left queer’
    • Politics of 80s (esp GLC)
  • 6.
    • Divisive debate
    • Jeffrey Weeks (2007):
    • ‘ illuminating irony of our time’ that ‘at the same time as American conservatives find same-sex marriage an intolerable threat, queer radicals apparently see same-sex marriage as not enough of a threat, and an unacceptable surrender to heteronormativity’
    • David Halperin, Gayle Rubin, Carl Stychin
  • 7. Socio-Legal Problems
    • Public Sex
    • Bareback Sex
  • 8. Foucault
    • ‘ we must not imagine a world of discourse divided between accepted discourse and excluded discourse, or between the dominant discourse and the dominated one; but as a multiplicity of discourse elements that can come into play in various strategies…We must make allowance for the complex and unstable process whereby discourse can be both an instrument and an effect of power, but also a hindrance, a stumbling block, a point of resistance and a starting point for an opposing strategy. ’
    • Ashford: ‘ So it is with the emergence of the (homo)normative. It occupies a space outside the accepted and excluded. In considering civil partnerships, same-sex marriage and other aspects of the (homo)normative legal discourse, as with those activities excluded such as public sex and barebacking, we must look, as Foucault suggested, at who is speaking, their position of power and the institutional context in which they happen to be situated. ’