Unpacking Queer Politics

Unpacking Queer Politics : A Lesbian Feminist Perspective

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Unpacking Queer Politics argues that the strong lesbian feminist movement of the 1970s, which was able to articulate a philosophy and practice that distinguished lesbian politics from gay male politics, was submerged in the 1990s beneath a gay male agenda called queer politics. The new politics repudiated lesbian feminist ideas and celebrated a manhooda as a goal for gay men. Practices which construct this a manhooda , such as sadomasochism, cutting and piercing, female--to--male transsexual surgery, and which are promoted in queer politics, need to be understood as forms of self--harm which result from the oppression of lesbians and gay men. The political agenda of queer politics is damaging to the interests of lesbians, women in general, and to marginalized and vulnerable constituencies of gay men. The book concludes by arguing that precisely the commitment to equality in relationships and sex that has been so important to lesbian feminists, and so excoriated in much of queer theory, should form the basis of a social transformation. In this way lesbians should be seen as the vanguard of social change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 157 x 229 x 11mm | 302g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745628389
  • 9780745628387
  • 512,590

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Unpacking Queer Politics argues that the strong lesbian feministmovement of the 1970s, which was able to articulate a philosophyand practice that distinguished lesbian politics from gay malepolitics, was submerged in the 1990s beneath a gay male agendacalled queer politics.





The new politics repudiated lesbian feminist ideas andcelebrated 'manhood' as a goal for gay men. Practiceswhich construct this 'manhood', such as sadomasochism, cutting and piercing, female-to-male transsexual surgery, and whichare promoted in queer politics, need to be understood as forms ofself-harm which result from the oppression of lesbians and gay men.The political agenda of queer politics is damaging to the interestsof lesbians, women in general, and to marginalized and vulnerableconstituencies of gay men.


The book concludes by arguing that precisely the commitment toequality in relationships and sex that has been so important tolesbian feminists, and so excoriated in much of queer theory, should form the basis of a social transformation. In this waylesbians should be seen as the vanguard of social change.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Chapter 1: Gay Liberation and Lesbian Feminism. Chapter 2: Queer theory and Politics and the Lesbian Feminist Critique. Chapter 3: Public Sex and the creation of a queer sex agenda. Chapter 4: Gay Male Pornography. Chapter 5: Self--Harm or Social Change? Sadomasochism, cutting and piercing in lesbian and gay culture. Chapter 6: FTM Transsexualism and the Destruction of Lesbians. Chapter 7: Lesbian feminism and Social Transformation. References. Index
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a An incisive and challenging critique of queer politics, with the radical clarity of vision characteristic of Jeffreysa work. It should be required reading on all Sexuality and Gender courses.a ---- Professor Celia Kitzinger, Department of Sociology, University of York
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About Sheila Jeffreys

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne
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