By James Penney
After Queer Theory makes the provocative declare that queer conception has run its path, made out of date by way of the elaboration of its personal good judgment inside of capitalism. James Penney argues that faraway from signalling the top of anti-homophobic feedback, notwithstanding, the top of queer offers the social gathering to reconsider the relation among sexuality and politics.
Through a serious go back to Marxism and psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan), Penney insists that tips on how to implant sexuality within the box of political antagonism is mockingly to desert the exhausted premise of a politicised sexuality.
After Queer Theory argues that it is crucial to wrest sexuality from the useless finish of id politics, commencing it as much as a common emancipatory fight past the succeed in of capitalism's powers of commodification.
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Indeed, it’s precisely this enjoyment, kept safely beneath the threshold of our awareness, that fuels our attachment to the ideals of US-style militaristic and Islamophobic patriotism. We can relate this same logic to Puar’s concern with how the fantasy-image of the terrorist is homosexualised. The psychical condition of possibility of the virile heterosexual patriotic male is the repression of a libidinal investment in his uncanny obverse, the subversive queer terrorist. The psychoanalytic wager is that the disclosure of this investment has the effect of dismantling the structure of the ego ideal.
What exactly was my problem with it? Published by a coalition of queer voters in New York called the Empire State Pride Agenda, its pages presented selective profiles of the main candidates, both Democrat and Republican, running for the offices of President, Senator, State Senator, and Member of the State Assembly. Each profile summarised the history of the aspirant’s policy positions on issues of concern to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. No concerted effort was made to document the candidates’ perspectives on any other issue: gun control, education, the death penalty, taxation, foreign policy or health care (generally speaking, that is beyond the specific concerns related to HIV/AIDS and reproductive rights).
It therefore carries positive implications for theoretical work as Sedgwick construes it. Unfortunately, however, when it comes to outlining these implications, Sedgwick can offer only vague allusions to the overcoming of depressive affects through ‘intellectual creativity’, ‘challenges to a normalizing universality’, and ‘pedagogy’ (295, 299). At this stage in her discussion, Sedgwick misses a golden opportunity to link the affective vicissitudes of subjectivity to a more social and political understanding of intellectual work and the teaching vocation.
After Queer Theory : The Limits of Sexual Politics by James Penney