Is it already week five?! #wtf #queerstudies #fullcircle #power GAY, CAPITALISM, etc.

Capitalism has always meant something in the United States. In the 1970’s, capitalism was almost noble. Now, it’s a fallacious game of who can be the best individual. In the 1970’s, we also had a beautiful wave of gay and lesbian movements that shifted the sexual landscape of the country then and forever. Myths about gay history have created this distorted picture of gay identity, causing organizations, movements, people, politicians and corporations to paint a picture of political gay ideology, in most cases, something that it is not or something that portrays only a small amount or less than one percent of the actual entire gay community. Superior identities support precedence’s set the standard for which kind of gay people get to be identified, and which ones become marketable or “able” to compete in the workplace and/or in a place of capitalism. It’s all very interesting and intersects on many different levels, which is why I am curious what Emilio would say about the political world’s influence on gay identity and how in turn, that is a structure of power. Who benefits? Who suffers? This article really spoke to me in the sense that it described that these two questions can have the same answer, which is why Foucault said that visibility is a trap. I love what we study in this class. It always come full circle.  

PS - sorry that I posted late! 

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"Stonewall was colored folks, poor folks, transsexuals, femmes, butches… a little bit of everybody. But the narrative that gets sold to people is that it was all these “A-Gay” white normative people. That’s not who riots. Sorry."

Juba Kalamka on this podcast (via niaking)

The Stonewall riots were a series violent protest by members of the gay community against a police raid that occurred during the morning of June 28, 1969, in New York City. The raids took place at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. Stonewall Inn was a small hang out spot for gays during the late 60’s. When Stonewall is talked about and portrayed in movies, often times it tells the same story. The story usually tells the experiences of gay white men during the late 60’s and early 70’s. The Stonewall movement was started by a transgendered woman of color. It is important to remember everyone who was involved in the riots. The whole LGBT community came together to fight for a cause. Gays, lesbians, transgendered people and people of color all participated in the riots. Stonewall was known as the riot that sparked the LGBT movement. The riot made news and all of a sudden everyone wanted to make a difference and get their voice heard. Stonewall was also influenced by the civil rights movement, anti-war demonstrations and the counterculture 60’s.

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WHY NOT YOU

I would introduce myself as, obsessed with genuineness, only wanting to explore the truest truths, never ceasing to think that I can do everything, constantly spreading love and light and capable beyond measure. The truth is that we all have these qualities, or at least we are capable of having these qualities, and what separates someone who has these qualities from someone who doesn’t have these qualities is that, the person who has these qualities understands that they have these qualities because they know that they have these qualities. People don’t know what they don’t know, and the difference between being and not being is knowing or not knowing.     

I don’t know how long I have thought like this, probably all of my life but acknowledging this, is the reason why I know that I know it now. You can know something and not know that you know, but you’ll only know that when you know. It’s an interesting concept, and it has allowed me to have experiences that I never thought that I would have in this lifetime.

 My interactions with other people, are a direct reflection of who I am and as a leader, its irrevocably encapsulating when you realize that this is you because you were born this way – with instincts and capabilities that allow you to connect with people on fundamental levels, despite the multiplicity of nuances human beings face in their day-to-day lives.

I feel like I am the sea and nobody owns me.

That’s why not me. 

"Visibility is a trap."
Michel Foucault (via irwonder)

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"I don’t feel that it is necessary to know exactly what I am. The main interest in life and work is to become someone else that you were not in the beginning."
Michel Foucault (via feellng)

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The Truth

Everything is about sex except for sex. 

Sex is about power. 

Foucault is Trippy -

Needless to say, Foucault already has me, all kinds of fucked up. I’m very intrigued by reverse in social norms; that being “one had a tolerant familiarity with the illicit” (Foucault, 3) a.k.a it was deemed appropriate to perform natural/perverse acts in public. The 17th century was a period when “bodies made a display of themselves” (Foucault, 3)”; in its queerness, as it should be. I find that so fascinating, and I’m so mesmerized by the ways in which Foucault captures these realities. People don’t know what they don’t know and it’s interesting because between the ages of 13-18, I thought sex was “bad”. And I had no idea that a particular structural power of normality somehow, coerced me to believed that. Foucault speaks of the several different levels of repression, and it shocks me. Now I have the awareness that most of our ideals are conditioned and therefore, must be questioned. Do we believe this because it’s true or do we believe it because we were told to believe it?

It is almost like psychological genocide, that these “structured powers” have over the masses. As radical as it sounds, it’s true in my mind. It’s interesting to be able to study this in the framework of Queer Theory because I feel as though Queer Theory allows it all to unravel.

The relation between sex and power is one that upholds itself through the host by first, condemning the act and talking of sex in public spaces, placing sex into a category of transgression, “defying established power” (Foucault, 7).  A person who defies established power, brings him or herself outside of the reach of power.

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