Towards a Politics of Pleasure-Knowledge

A response to the panel “Using Knowledge, Advancing Activism” at the conference Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Watch the video here: Activism is divination of knowledge through rites of friendship. Knowledge, which otherwise remains coiled within different parts of my body, generates unlimited pleasure and power when unleashed […]

Knowledge into Action

A response to the panel “Using Knowledge, Advancing Activism” at the conference Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Watch the video here: Using knowledge in academia and activism is intrinsic to the very nature of these two concepts. However, how knowledge is used in each is very different. There […]

Another World is Possible

A response to the panel “Using Knowledge, Advancing Activism” at the conference Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Watch the video here: The Activism and the Academy Conference, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), could not have been more timely. The BCRW […]

Imagining Otherwise: Educated Hope and Emancipatory Knowledge

A response to the panel “Using Knowledge, Advancing Activism” at the conference Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action. Watch the video here: As I was writing my comments for the Campus Activism panel at the 2011 Activism and the Academy Conference, I was aware of the historicity of the […]

Transvaginal Sound: Politics and Performance

A women’s health advocate and a male doctor sit side-by-side. Together they are organizing a women’s clinic that will provide prenatal care and educate women about their reproductive health. Opposite them on the other side of a wide wooden table sits a nun in full habit. The doctor and the advocate watch attentively as the […]

Sexual Politics and Post-Neoliberalism in Latin America

My reflections on this theme are based on the experiences of Argentina. In some aspects, but not all, these reflections also refer to Latin America as a region. In Latin America, social movements, political leaders, and governments are increasingly framing issues and political responses at a regional (Latin American) level. Regional languages, political initiatives, as […]

Thinking Neoliberalism, Gender, Justice

Probably the most significant break between articulations of neoliberalism lies between the older (Marxist) tradition of “political economy” and the Foucauldian threads that have delineated the characteristics of “neoliberal governmentality.” These literatures and their related political projects, based on fundamentally different ideas about the nature of political power, barely speak to each other. For those […]

Our People Are Worth the Risks: A Southern Queer Agenda from the Margins and the Red States

In the best parts of our tradition as LGBTQ people for liberation, we have resisted assimilation. We have held die-ins, we have risked our lives at pride celebrations, we have been willing to be part of spectacle and even to be hated—in the hope that our work would mean motion towards liberation. We have witnessed […]

Defying Realpolitik: Human Rights and the HIV Entry Bar

This is the story of how we won; of how a coalition of advocates and activists came together and used a rights-based argument to lift a 23-year-old US bar on the entry, residence, and stay of HIV-positive people. We were told our objective was unrealistic and that our tactics wouldn’t work. Yet, after a little […]

Reclaiming Our Lineage: Organized Queer, Gender-Nonconforming, and Transgender Resistance to Police Violence

The riots that erupted at the Stonewall Bar on Christopher Street on the night of June 28, 1969, like the one at San Francisco’s Compton Cafeteria in 1966, signaled a real turning point in queer activism. And yet, rather than being narrated as an urgent act of resistance and rebellion against state violence, the story […]