Public Sex, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Afterlife of Homophobia
DOES PUBLIC SEX MATTER, p. 156, 2011
4 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2011 Last revised: 15 Nov 2011
Date Written: October 1, 2011
The summer of 2011 marked an important turning-point in the geography and politics of sex: public sex, previously a domain dominated by the specter of a hypersexualized gay man, became the province of the irresponsible, foolish, and self-destructive heterosexual man, such as Anthony Weiner. Meanwhile, homosexuals were busy domesticating their sexuality in the private domain of the family. Just as hetero-sex shamefully seeped out into the open, homo-sex disappeared from view into the dignified pickets of private kinship. In this essay I examine the panic that unfolded in connection with Representative Weiner’s tweets as a kind of afterlife of homophobia; an afterlife that was not unrelated to the success of same-sex couples’ demand for marriage equality rights.
Keywords: same-sex marriage, homophobia, gay rights, sexual rights, twitter, gay marriage
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