Gay/Straight: The Binary Ontology of the Gay Marriage Debate
Wake Forest University - School of Law
September 23, 2011
S. Gilreath, THE END OF STRAIGHT SUPREMACY: REALIZING GAY LIBERATION, p. 207, Cambridge University Press, September 2011
Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper No. 1932807
The following is a chapter from my recently released book, The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation. This chapter challenges the straight supremacist assumptions at the root of the gay movement’s marriage obsession.
Rooted in the politics and theories of early Gay liberation and Radical feminism, Shannon Gilreath’s The End of Straight Supremacy presents a cohesive theory of Gay life under straight domination. Beginning with a critique of formal equality law centered on the “like-straight” demands of liberal equality theory as highlighted in Lawrence v. Texas, Gilreath goes on to criticize the “gay rights” movement itself, challenging the assimilation politics behind the movement’s blithe acceptance of discrimination in the guise of free speech and pornography in the name of sexual liberation, as well as same-sex marriage and transsexuality as tools of straight hegemony. Ultimately, Gilreath rejects both the liberal demand for Gay erasure in exchange for meager legal progress and the gay establishment agenda. In so doing, he provides both the vocabulary and analysis necessary to understand and to resist straight supremacy in all its forms. In The End of Straight Supremacy, Gilreath calls Gays and their allies to the difficult task of rethinking what liberation and equality really mean.
The reader will quickly notice my use of irregular capitalization. I used “Gay,” capitalized, to refer to that which is Gay-identified. I use “gay,” lower-case, as in “gay pornography” or “gay establishment,” to distinguish that which is essentially straight supremacist in origin and operation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 24, 2011 ; Last revised: October 18, 2011
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