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Theorizing Queer Useful Concepts from Butler and Sedgwick. Kevin Moss Middlebury College. Miss Coco Peru. Sedgwick ’ s tropes of gender & same-sex desire:. gender transitivity or liminality gender separatism Eve Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet. Sedgwick ’ s gender transitivity:.

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Theorizing QueerUseful Concepts from Butler and Sedgwick

Kevin Moss

Middlebury College

Miss Coco Peru

Sedgwick’s tropes of gender & same-sex desire:

gender transitivity or liminality

gender separatism

Eve Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet

Sedgwick’s gender transitivity:


anima muliebris in corpore virili inclusa

a woman's soul trapped in a man's body

androgyny or gender liminality

Eve Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet (Berkeley: U. Cal. Pr., 1990), 87.

Sedgwick’s gender transitivity:

androgyny or gender liminality

Sedgwick’s gender transitivity:

androgyny or gender liminality

Sedgwick’s gender separatism:

gay men as hypermasculine

clones, leather daddies

Vjeran Miladinović, Terezin sin(Beograd: Vjeran Miladinović, 2001)

Rade loved men like I did, by a certain logic of ours we were sisters. We loved(voleli, m) each other just like sisters, complained(jadale, f) to one another and talked(pričale, f) about the soldiers we liked.

So it would be more interesting, more beautiful for them and for us, we began to speak among ourselves in the feminine gender.

If men desire us as men, we wanted to try and see how they would react to us when we put on makeup and dressed like women.

Uroš Filipović, Staklenac(Beograd: Kontrabunt, 2002)

Uroš Filipović, Staklenac


In principle I hate all that camp transvestism and feminized behavior. Men disguised as women repulse me sexually and disgust me.

Uroš Filipović, Staklenac

For me a man has to look both inside and outside like a real man.

Homosexuality is in some pure ideal form the mutual attraction felt by two masculine men, rather than two feminized men or transvestites.

Eve Sedgwick: another incoherence in modern constructions of homosexuality

Homosexuality as the property of a distinct minority population

“minoritizing view”


Homosexuality as a sexual desire that potentially marks everyone, including ostensibly heterosexual subjects

“universalizing view”

Survey among Serbian students: whom would you NOT want to have as a roommate?

70% Albanian

67% homosexual

63% Roma

(Whom would you want to have: 75% Macedonian or Slovene)

Iran: No homosexuality, but trans is OKDocumentary: Be Like Others

Homosexual relationships are banned in Iran, but the country allows sex change operations and hundreds of men have elected for surgery to change their lives.

Reaction of “Novomedia” Association to showing Brokeback Mountain on Ukrainian TV

We must point out that showing homosexual relations forms a distorted model of behavior, which is particularly dangerous for children, adolescents, and youth whose psyche and life values are still in formation.

Reaction to a California law banning discrimination in school materials

SB777 bans anything in public schools that could be interpreted as negative toward homosexuality, bisexuality and other alternative lifestyle choices.

“Parents want the assurance that when their children go to school they will learn the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic -- not social indoctrination regarding alternative sexual lifestyles. Now that SB777 is law, schools will in fact become indoctrination centers for sexual experimentation.” Meredith Turney, Capital Resource Institute

Frank Kameny

Inspired by the slogan "Black is Beautiful" Frank Kameny (1925- ) coined the phrase "Gay is Good" in 1968 . Though mild by today's standards, at the time it was a radical statement challenging the commonly held belief that homosexuality was a "sickness and a sin".

Gay Rights / Special Rights

THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA IS A THREAT TO YOU...YOUR FAMILY... YOUR COUNTRY! Homosexuality is targeting our youth. The gay/lesbian agenda wants your child's mind and body! Homosexuals "procreate" by preying on the vulnerability of the young! Shocking as it may seem, homosexuals are being granted legal access to public classrooms where they recruit and propagandize the innocent.

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