Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal by J. Jack Halberstam

By J. Jack Halberstam

Why are such a lot of girls unmarried, such a lot of males resisting marriage, and such a lot of gays and lesbians having babies?

In Gaga Feminism: intercourse, Gender, and the top of standard, J. Jack Halberstam solutions those questions whereas trying to make feel of the tectonic cultural shifts that experience remodeled gender and sexual politics within the previous couple of a long time. This colourful panorama is populated by means of symbols and phenomena as diverse as pregnant males, late-life lesbians, SpongeBob SquarePants, and queer households. So how will we comprehend the dissonance among those actual lived studies and the heteronormative narratives that dominate well known media? we will include the chaos! With equivalent components part and wit, Halberstam unearths how those symbolic ruptures open a serious area to include new methods of conceptualizing intercourse, love, and marriage.

Using girl Gaga as an emblem for a brand new period, Halberstam deftly unpacks what the pop celebrity symbolizes, to whom and why. the result's a provocative manifesto of artistic mayhem, a roadmap to intercourse and gender for the twenty-first century, that holds woman Gaga as an exemplar of a brand new type of feminism that privileges gender and sexual fluidity.

Part guide, half guidebook, and half intercourse handbook, Gaga Feminism is the 1st publication to take heavily the cave in of heterosexuality and locate signposts within the wreckage to a brand new and diverse approach of doing intercourse and gender.

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The goal of standpoint theory is to make those marginalized groups visible, and to make their voices heard precisely because in so doing a more accurate picture of truth or knowledge will emerge. Thus standpoint theory stems from the claim that there is a truth of social reality. The truth, however, promulgated by a dominant group is a partial truth only of those individuals who occupy dominant positions. Standpoint theory finds its roots in Marxist critiques of ideology that themselves are grounded in a theory of objective truth and that draw ethical and political prescriptions from the objective interests of the proletariat class.

Sexuality was medicalized, aberrant behavior was pathologized and such behavior was a mark of a diseased sexual nature in need of correction. Those who deviated form the sexual norm were in need of medical intervention that would restore them to a state of sexual normalcy. This normalcy was necessary to ensure behavior that was predictable and socially and economically efficient. the judicial institution is increasingly incorporated into a continuum of apparatuses (medical, administrative, and so on) whose functions are for the most part regulatory.

P. 88-89. 46 The invocation of the juridico-discursive model, and the failure (inability) to recognize disciplinary power when power relations are analyzed masks the operations of disciplinary power. This failure to differentiate power along the juridico/disciplinary axis leads to dangerous misunderstandings of the power relations in which subjects find the themselves. Foucault argues that the juridical model of power fails to capture the presence and effects of disciplinary power. Power can no longer be cast in terms of legitimate/illegitimate exercises of restrictions of liberties and rights.

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