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II. What Do You Already Know About Queer Cultures? (15 mins)

Posted on: March 9, 2009

What’s in a name?

A people with a history.

A. Small Group Discussion

B. Report-back and Presentation

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2 Responses to "II. What Do You Already Know About Queer Cultures? (15 mins)"

The Friday Morning Gang Knows:

I know that I don’t know much.
What I know is self taught.
The power of words and language evolves, who embraces and who is offended by certain words.
The term “queer” is generational; language changes over time and cultures.
The term “queer” is not necessarily all inclusive but it gives you a sense of the intersections of multiple forms of identity that you possess.

Early 20th century, “queer” is outside nuclear family: Women’s domestic sphere, men’s external sphere. Entertainment at home.

In theater in the 1940s and 50s, “queer” was a noun.

Certain professions have queer status.

Generational differences about the use of terms.

Open to inclusion but also exclusive (not queer enough or unstable/fluid boundaries).

Policing; legal oppression. Sexual relations and contractual arrangements.

HIstorical association with flamboyant appearance.

“Passing”

Coming out stories: conversion narratives.

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