This article is about how the U.S. Supreme Court decided to reject a petition by opponents of gay marriage. This petition would have prevented the law from taking effect. But with the rejection, legislation will commence on 3/3/2010.
This is essentially about how bisexuals are real people too. Bisexuals around the nation want to be included in things like the National Gay and Lesbian Task force, as well as expand the saying of ‘gays and lesbians in the military’ to including bisexuals. The main point is that bisexuals demand inclusion.
This is primarily about the U.S. skater, Johnny Weir, and his sexuality. The author talks about why his sexuality is being assumed just because of outward appearance, and how other stereotypes should be questioned, like athletes who are “typically male” and therefore not gay.
These specific articles are good ones to focus on for the week, simply because they are current events of the community, as well as the nation’s public. Same-sex marriage has always been a hot topic, especially since the last presidential race. Now, the Nation’s Capital is getting same-sex marriage, which, I hope, will rock the boat and get more states on the way. The bisexuality topic is an issue that I always personally have to deal with. Many people always ask if it’s real, and question my decisiveness. But because I am bisexual, although I normally resist any labeling terminology, I know it’s real, and that people sincerely feel this way. Lastly, the piece about Weir is pertinent because the Olympics were just on for a fortnight and figure skating was a big deal. But while Johnny Weir’s teammates were being boasted about, in National Championships, Weir was being called “flamboyant” and “fabulous,” without any mention of his repertoire of medals and winnings. The focus was his sexuality and not about his athleticism, which should not have been the case, in my opinion. The Olympics are about athleticism and hard work, sexuality not included. All in all these articles are reflective of queer news, in my opinion, of the last week. Also they were articles that were interesting to me because they were interesting and made pertinent points about people in and out of the community.
Queer/Race news this week:
· The Olympics started this week and there has been some discussion over the logo. “The 2010 Olympics logo is an altered version of traditional Arctic Inuit sculptures. This quasi-indigenous logo has been displayed in a barrage of Olympics branding. … With this Olympics logo, and other Olympics promotional messages, marketers have been portraying the 2010 Games as ‘indigenous’ Olympics. Indigenous references are foregrounded in mass produced Olympics marketing. The online Olympics store even sells “Authentic Aboriginal Products” (such as t-shirts and silk ties).” The article raises some interesting questions about how we should react to these images. This article links to dozens of other articles and images, if you have some extra time I suggest checking them out as well. (sociological images)
· On Saturday the 13th, the brilliant poet Lucille Clifton died. She was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and spent several years in Baltimore, Maryland. Many of her poems touched on issues of black femininity, feminism, and womanhood. To see and hear her read some of her poetry, click here.
· The Church of England may officially allow women to become bishops. If this happens, it may also open up the door for gay bishops. Christianity may be over 2000 years old, but that doesn’t mean it is not always changing. (washingtonpost Via) This whole story, I think, is especially interesting after last October’s message from the Vatican that “it would make it easier for Anglicans uncomfortable with their church’s acceptance of female priests and openly gay bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining many of their traditions” (nytimes)
I chose these articles because they were on or linked from blog sites that I read daily. I consider myself part of the Feminist Blogosphere because I regularly read and comment on a couple different feminist blogs. The news items that I highlight here are all, I believe, important however; they are also all stories that are easily missed by the mainstream media. Even though none of these stories are explicitly about notions of queerness, they do all touch on ideas of otherness. I think the changing ideas over who is allowed to be clergy within different religions and religious sects is the most obvious story about otherness. Ideas of who is qualified/worthy of being a representative of the religion (and of God) are always steeped in politics, power, and marginalization. The Olympics story is another interesting lens through which to look at issues of race and marginalization. By turning an “indigenous” icon into a logo and logoed merchandise, the Olympic Committee is commodifying racial ideals. A queer reading of the debate would be a great way to complicate the debate.