foucault & gay marriage
everybody brings up foucault as their go-to radical queer who would just HATE gay marriage and whatever, but I have this vague recollection that his actual position on marriage was a bit less readily pigeonholed. didn’t he say something to the effect that legally sanctioned marriage between queers would be more of a threat to the current social order than legalised queer sex? maybe in an interview or something? does anybody know what I’m talking about? it’s really difficult for me to find this out by googling because all I get is a million blog posts saying “gay radicals like French philosopher Michel Foucault would just HATE this” and it’s driving me up the wall. I just wanna knowwwwwwwwwww. am I just making shit up?
yes, i think i know exactly the material you’re referring to - the title escapes me, but i believe it’s from an interview with a french gay newspaper, and i think it’s reprinted in ethics: subjectivity and truth
i thought at first that it was “friendship as a way of life” from that collection, but i found a PDF of that and it doesn’t appear to be the exact piece i’m thinking of, though there’s a good deal of conceptual overlap
and i know that leo bersani critiques it in homos, basically claiming that it’s part of what he sees as foucault’s reactionary anti-psychoanalytic stance that over-emphasizes the importance of social structures and downplays the power of desire / sex / abjection / etc
as i recall it, foucault claims that while we usually think that heterosexuals / heterosexist discourses are averse to queer sex in an of itself, he believes that it’s not so much gay sex per se that is repugnant to them, but rather the social positions and interpersonal relationships that gayness and queer sexual relations make possible
hence why he sees gay marriage as a potentially productive possibility - these juridical structures matter, and legal gay marriage could help push the meaning of marriage in useful new directions, as well as offering material and social resources to support a variety of interesting / radical / pleasurable queer social configurations, which might or might not look at all similar to ‘traditional heterosexual marriage’ (something of a moving target itself)
he also mentions in this piece wanting to expand the possibilities of other legal relationships; i remember him talking about adoption, as well, and musing about the interesting things that might happen if, say, an adult man could legally adopt a friend or lover his own age or even older - so he’s certainly not putting all his eggs in the marriage basket, either
eta: found my copy of homos; the piece i was thinking of is an interview reprinted as “sexual choice, sexual act” in ethics and a couple other places; JSTOR has it at http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/40547562?uid=3739616&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21101951243531from ourcatastrophe
something I see a lot in people with depression is a sense of oneself and others as unreal, without substance, and morally depraved — and consequently, an obsession with authenticity. think Holden Caulfield, if you must
ideas of authenticity can also be a form of protection against having to challenge your ideas or change — temporarily painful things that are necessary if you don’t wanna be depressed your whole life. short-term, it’s easier to sit with an idea of yourself as worthless and the universe as hostile than it is accept that your whole worldview might be affected by mental illness, that you can’t rely on your mind, I mean that’s terrifying, how can you even begin to fight that? and it feels right to wallow in that bleakness, it feels like you’re facing a harsh truth, it feels good to hurt yourself like that.
if I wasn’t opposed to a radical separation between mental illnesses and authentic (lol) personality I’d say that ideas of authenticity are a form of parasitic self-protection by the depression itself
so Authenticity is obviously an idea that’s really damaging to a lot of people with mental illnesses
but that also means people spouting a lot of nonsense about authenticity who are themselves mentally ill, rather than just opportunistic New Agers, should be cut some slack, because it’s literally part of that illness
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Sistah Sinema Makes Black Women’s History, Launches “The Netflix of Queer Women of Color Film”
On February 14, 2013, Sista Sinema will be launching their newest project in partnership with BestFilms.com: Sistah Sinema Online, a database of films that can be purchased and streamed instantly. Think “Netflix of queer women of color film.”
The site will launch with over twenty films available to watch instantly from your computer, including some popular black lesbian classics. As an exclusive, Isis revealed, “We executed a four movie deal for Sistah Sinema online with First Run Features for The Watermelon Women, The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye, Lavender Limelight, and The Owls.”
Currently films will be available for pay-per-view style streaming, but as the site gains momentum, payment will switch to a monthly subscription fee allowing the viewer to watch unlimited. “The plan is to grow it into a national distribution network for queer women of color films.”
Forging New Partnerships: QWOC Media Wire To Lead QWOC Film Discussions
To this end, QWOC Media Wire and Sistah Sinema have recently entered a partnership to foster more dialogue around films and other visual media produced by queer women of color.
Says Spectra, outspoken media advocate and founder of QWOC Media Wire, “As a media advocacy organization, our mission is to promote media produced for and by queer women and trans* people of color, as well as lead national conversations about representations of queer people of color in LGBT and mainstream media... So, this was a natural pairing for us.”
As part of the partnership, Sistah Sinema and QWOC Media Wire will be collaborating with queer women of color filmmakers on PR and press communications in anticipation of feature releases, including offering audiences sneak peeks, exclusive filmmaker and cast interviews, and more. “In a society that often places QWOC on the margins, QWOC Media Wire is a critical space and platform to foster discussion of queer women of color movies…”
“It’s not enough to make films, or write books,” says Spectra, “They need to be discussed and critiqued by informed audiences. Hence, publishing film reviews and facilitating discussions about film with other key players committed to QWOC visibility in media–sites like Elixher.com and non-profit programs like Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project–are an important part of our strategy. We’re really looking forward to it.”
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this looks pretty exciting!
i’m really glad that the technology it takes to run subscription-based or pay-per-view video sites seems to be getting a little more accessible and affordable to run - for example, it’s still very alpha but there’s a free drupal-based platform i ran into recently called videola that looks really promising
i really hope this kind of technology helps more feminist / POC-centered / queer movies and documentaries get a wider audience; as much for my own sake as for the filmmakers’, given that there’re tons of especially documentaries that i’ve really wanted to watch that have been very difficult to get copies of and/or very expensivefrom bad-dominicana