Posts Tagged ‘queer’

Queering Science Fiction & Fantasy

Samstag, Juni 19th, 2010

Ein guter Artikel von Brit Mandelo über Homophobie/Heterosexistismus in der spekulativen Literatur auf tor.com, mit einer Anleitung für heterosexuelle Autoren wie queere Sexszenen geschrieben werden können:
Writing Sex—To Do, or Not to Do?

The foremost concern, that an explicit queer sex scene will automatically make certain readers not buy your book, has an unfortunately strong basis. Discussion of one of the examples I use frequently, Richard K. Morgan’s The Steel Remains, is a case in point: many reviewers and commentators, as well as commenters here, expressed the sentiment that they would not ever pick up the book because they didn’t want to see the gay sex in it.

I hate this argument to not read a book, unless the reader chooses to never read a book with sexual content at all ever. I think it’s generous to say that 90% of speculative fiction is about straight characters, many of whom have sex with other straight characters in varying degrees of explicitness.

And you know what? Queer people read those books, and most aren’t particularly excited by those straight sex scenes—but if they’re in a good book, what’s the problem? It’s part of the characters and their relationships. The point of sex in speculative fiction is not solely to be an erotic experience for the reader. If the entire turning point of a reader picking up a book is how titillating they personally find the sex in it, I suspect they should be reading erotica, not speculative fiction. If a queer person reads straight sex in a good book, why won’t a straight person read queer sex in a good book?

The excuse that a book isn’t worth reading solely because it contains queer sex is homophobic. Cushion it however one may, it is. The fear and disgust that motivates a reader to avoid a book about a queer character has a definitive root, and it isn’t prudishness.

Best of That’s Gay

Montag, Juni 14th, 2010

Host Bryan Safi breaks down gay issues, trends and stereotypes in this collection of highlights from the award-winning weekly satirical comedy show. Included: rapper Lil Wayne popularizes the helpful phrase “no homo” to remind listeners he’s straight; rainbow flags and yogurt-eating lesbians sneak their way into TV commercials; a step-by-step guide to avoiding gay political scandals like the Eric Massa “snorkeling” incident; gay penguins make nature’s case for same-sex marriage; conversion therapy claims to straighten out misguided homosexuals; and gay best friends become TV’s most sought-after accessory.

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Gott lässt seiner nicht spotten

Samstag, Juni 12th, 2010

or does he??

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Piepke

Freitag, Juni 4th, 2010


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That is totally queer

Mittwoch, Juni 2nd, 2010


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I Find Your Lack Of Heterosexuality…

Samstag, Mai 29th, 2010


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Racebending und Integration

Donnerstag, März 18th, 2010

Hal Duncan über die Löschung der Facebook Gruppe People Against Racebending, die aufgesetzt wurde um gegen das “Weißwaschen” im Casting von Shymalan’s ‘Avatar, The Last Airbender‘ zu protestieren. Ich halte das einen ausgesprochen dämlichen Namen um rassistische Casting-Entscheidungen zu problematisieren (würde Genderbending als Synonym für Sexismus herangezogen werden?), aber what shalls. Hal Duncan greift das Thema auf um ein paar hörenswerte (wenn auch hyperventilierende) Anmerkungen zur Segregation und Integration von Minderheiten in der Mainstream-Kulturindustrie zu machen.

This is utterly abhorrent. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this is not some trivial little issue of under-representation in the media. This is not about “political correctness.” This is not about “quotas.” This example in particular brings that home, in the elimination of ethnic diversity that has taken place, and now — now — the closing down of protest: that this is about the fucking active exclusion of the abjected from the mainstream. So the faggots can play the Gay Best Friend, and the niggers — and I use that word as a mark of the fury I feel that this is how people of colour are still being treated — can play the Magic Negro. And the Asians can play the shopkeepers and token friends and sage advisors. But never the hero.

There is a word for what this is.

SEGREGATION.

The Last Airbender movie is not just a movie. In an earlier post on my blog, a sentiment repeated in one of my BSC Review column, writing from my own queer perspective, I said this:

“Segregation still exists in the media, in the movies and the TV shows, where the abject is absented, where there is the default and the deviant, the “normal” and the “abnormal”. In the media, in the mainstream, the default is white, straight, able-bodied, and so on. And those of us who watch those media, as members of any group abjected on the basis of some marker of deviance from that default, we thirst for stories in which we are represented. We thirst for the art and entertainment that refreshes and replenishes. Sometimes we have our own water-fountains to quench that thirst — queer television, queer cinema — movies and shows that deal with our lives, our issues. This is good. But as long as we are excluded, as long as we are allowed into the mainstream only when it is “important to the story,” as long as we can walk into those stories only to carry out set roles in service of the white, straight, able-bodied heroes and heroines — as Magic Negroes or as Gay Best Friends — this is still segregation.”

You Belong With Me – Same-sex crush version

Dienstag, März 9th, 2010

Wie tdw schreibt haben Studenten der University of Rocheseter, NY diese ganz reizende und weniger heteronormative Version von Taylor Swifts – “you belong with me” auf youtube gestellt. Gefällt mir gleich viel besser, (auch wenn der “Jock” im Original schnuckliger ist):

Wen interessiert der Tod eines schwulen Superhelden überhaupt?

Sonntag, Januar 17th, 2010

Perry Moore, Autor eines Young Adult-Romans über einen schwulen Superhelden, Hero (der übrigens gerade als Fernseh-Serie adaptiert wird), hat eine Geschichte der Schwulen (und Lesben) in Comic-Büchern verfasst.

Who cares about the death of a gay superhero anyway? A history of gays in comicbooks

The following list is a (…) catalogue of the treatment of gays in the medium. The goal is to facilitate discussion and awareness, that fans expect and deserve better treatment of lesbian, gay, and transgendered characters. (…)  Things are beginning to change, but for every step forward – and there are some very good ones — the comic book world has taken some giant leaps back. Most gay characters, even in their small numbers, still remain primarily as villains, minor characters, and victims who are tortured, maimed and killed. Is this a fair representation of LGBT characters in the medium? That is left for you to decide. Yes, bad things do happen to all people, gay people included. But are there positive representations of gay characters to counterbalance these negative ones? Who cares about the death of a gay superhero anyway?

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Hier sind ein paar schöne Auszüge aus den Katalog:

MONSIEUR MALLAH & THE BRAIN
Sadistic supervillains and gay lovers. One is a talking gorilla and the other is a disembodied brain in a jar. They’ve been searching to create a new body for the Brain so he and Monsieur Mallah may consummate their love. Last appeared in DC’s Teen Titans, aimed at teens. No gay heroes in the book, just these gay villains.

ICE
Lesbian member of DC’s superheroes Justice League International. Murdered. Last seen by her teammates in Hell.

WING
Sidekick to Batman-like hero Red Hawk in “Powers” superhero group “The Unity.” Admitted his crush to his mentor and was severely beaten by him, arm broken, and hospitalized. Given a check for 750K and forced to sign a confidentiality agreement to leave the group in dishonor following the incident.

BLOKE
First openly gay member of Marvel’s X-Force/X-Statix. Killed on his first mission.

EL EXTRANO
Gay magician member of superteam New Guardians. His name means “The Strange One.” Embodied numerous, offensive gay stereotypes. Attacked by an “AIDS vampire.” Forgotten after series was cancelled.

OBSIDIAN
Former hero of DC’s Infinity Incorporated. De-powered, corrupted by his sexual strife, manipulated by dark forces, tries to destroy the world. His homosexuality is attributed to being molested by his adopted father. Recently placed as the security guard on the all-straight Justice Society of America, but not allowed to sit at the table as a member of the team.

Und so weiter und so fort. Müsst ihr nicht alle lesen, aber scrollt auf jeden Fall nach unten für “The Story In Numbers”

Ages 4-10The age-correlated sizes in which Wolverine Deluxe Child Costume is available for children for Halloween. Available with muscle torso, jumpsuit, boots, mask, and pair of claws. Northstar costume not available for impaling.

ZERO. Number of straight X-Men that the most popular X-Man, Wolverine, has killed.

ONE. Number of gay X-Men that the most popular X-Man, Wolverine, has killed.

Via Hal Duncan’s Notes From The Geek Show. Hal verweist bei seinem Post noch auf eine amüsante Antwort des Autoren auf den homophoben Comic-Autoren Rob Liefield, der sich strengstens dagegen verwahrt hat seine Figuren Rictor und Shatterstar zu “homosexualisieren”: Who wants to see me kick Rob Liefield’s ass?