and now we dread stillness; we suspect it was the land
that always moved, not our ships;
We have heard that one problem of queer pedagogy is the problem of the “wanna-be.” This worry imagines that straight people will seek coolness points by calling themselves queer. Would that be so bad?
The solicitation of identities in a gay and lesbian, feminist, or queer studies course is one of its most powerful pedagogical opportunities. It de-links students from the identities that have been overconsolidated in the world they occupy; it allows for experimental thinking, historicizing, and theorizing the relations between the sex acts they do or imagine doing and the public contexts that might provide less alienated relations to their bodily contexts. But in our conception of queer pedagogy, to solicit the students to imagine different relations between acts and bodies does not call us to solicit them to the safety of a new identity form. For like all identity forms, “gay,” “lesbian,” and “queer” seem to describe more than they do.
Pedagogy should not be about the reproduction of identities or their representation, but about world-building, culture-making. Because we think this, we do not think it is necessary to “choose” between gay and lesbian identity categories and “queer,” especially insofar as “queer” in this context seems to suggest something like what “academic” has come to mean—utopian, theoretical, irrelevant.
This is not to say that the categories “gay” and “lesbian” are archaic formations holding back the revolutionary force of queer thinking, teaching, and acting. Far from it. But gay and lesbian history constantly shows that sex practices and sex cultures have been exorbitant to sex identity categories. To understand these histories should not be to assume that a violently simplifying relation between complex sex practices and simplifying identity forms is inevitable. The question here, it seems to us, is whether we aspire to reproducing those scenes of identity and domination, or whether, in our pedagogy and our sense of the public conditions of sex definition and practice, we want to imagine the worlds into which we want to translate ourselves.
- LAUREN BERLANT AND MICHAEL WARNER in “Forum: On the political implications of using the term ‘queer,’ as in ‘queer politics,’ ‘queer studies,’ and ‘queer pedagogy’.” (1994). Radical Teacher, (45), 52.
I am Accountable to Loretta Saunders, Sarah Hunt (Kwakwaka’wakw)
Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed Dallas Buyers Club, spoke to CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi, who asked whether he ever considered casting a transgender actor."Never. [Are] there any transgender actors?" he said. "I’m not aiming for the real thing. I’m aiming for an experienced actor who wants to portray the thing." (x)by “the thing” of course he means someone who is transgender
eviscerate this transmisogynist trash carcass