Wednesday, July 16, 2014

note taking, a comment posted elsewhere.
"You Are Triggering me! The Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm, Danger and Trauma"
I barely read the piece. The beginning of my comment is cribbed from this
It’s always amused me how many people defend queer theory and queerness as being attacked by the right without defending it explicitly as being of the left. Queerness isn’t a critique of class; it’s defined as mocking bourgeois normalcy, and that fits in fine with conservatism of the Old Regime, as if does with Reagan and neoliberal America. I remember an agent of a British oligarch say in passing that after his meeting with my boss discussing million dollar deals he was off to a “die in” in midtown. As Johann Hari pointed out years ago “With the exception of Jean-Marie Le Pen, all the most high-profile fascists in Europe in the past thirty years have been gay.” Tell me about Tom of Finland. 
The demimonde is never radical; I’ve been around it long enough to know. The utopian collapsing of art and life is a hallmark of both fashion and fascism, and Holly Golightly is an icon of anti-humanism, of anti-political ‘sensitivity’ as opposed to democratic responsibility. The only person I’ve ever heard refer to the tyrannicides, Harmodius and Aristogeiton as models of homosexual love and honor was Robert Hughes, in 1981.
And if you really want to wonder how things have changed in popular cinema, never mind Life of Brian, check the scenes on the beach in Morocco is Prick Up Your Ears.
 I ended with a link
The last reference doesn't quite work, since the diaries were cleaned up for Hollywood.

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