Posts tagged theory
Anonymous asked: Have u read 1000 years of non-linear history? thoughts? U post about delueze and guatarri quite a bit and 1000 years is in that vein....
I post about deleuze and/or guattari because I’m trying to learn about them, though, not because I’m an expert! anybody else got thoughts about 1000 years of non-linear history by manuel de landa? I have to admit that nothing about it particularly grabs me, but I’m totally open to being persuaded otherwise…
foucault & gay marriage
everybody brings up foucault as their go-to radical queer who would just HATE gay marriage and whatever, but I have this vague recollection that his actual position on marriage was a bit less readily pigeonholed. didn’t he say something to the effect that legally sanctioned marriage between queers would be more of a threat to the current social order than legalised queer sex? maybe in an interview or something? does anybody know what I’m talking about? it’s really difficult for me to find this out by googling because all I get is a million blog posts saying “gay radicals like French philosopher Michel Foucault would just HATE this” and it’s driving me up the wall. I just wanna knowwwwwwwwwww. am I just making shit up?
yes, i think i know exactly the material you’re referring to - the title escapes me, but i believe it’s from an interview with a french gay newspaper, and i think it’s reprinted in ethics: subjectivity and truth
i thought at first that it was “friendship as a way of life” from that collection, but i found a PDF of that and it doesn’t appear to be the exact piece i’m thinking of, though there’s a good deal of conceptual overlap
and i know that leo bersani critiques it in homos, basically claiming that it’s part of what he sees as foucault’s reactionary anti-psychoanalytic stance that over-emphasizes the importance of social structures and downplays the power of desire / sex / abjection / etc
as i recall it, foucault claims that while we usually think that heterosexuals / heterosexist discourses are averse to queer sex in an of itself, he believes that it’s not so much gay sex per se that is repugnant to them, but rather the social positions and interpersonal relationships that gayness and queer sexual relations make possible
hence why he sees gay marriage as a potentially productive possibility - these juridical structures matter, and legal gay marriage could help push the meaning of marriage in useful new directions, as well as offering material and social resources to support a variety of interesting / radical / pleasurable queer social configurations, which might or might not look at all similar to ‘traditional heterosexual marriage’ (something of a moving target itself)
he also mentions in this piece wanting to expand the possibilities of other legal relationships; i remember him talking about adoption, as well, and musing about the interesting things that might happen if, say, an adult man could legally adopt a friend or lover his own age or even older - so he’s certainly not putting all his eggs in the marriage basket, either
eta: found my copy of homos; the piece i was thinking of is an interview reprinted as “sexual choice, sexual act” in ethics and a couple other places; JSTOR has it at http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/40547562?uid=3739616&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21101951243531
aaah!! you’re the greatest!!!!
theory bros aren’t shit because they read theory
they’re shit because they ruin theory for everyone else
ditto for philosophy bros in general
I’ve yet to meet a theory bro.
someone explain to me what a theory bro is.
obviously you’ve never had that one dude in your class who cheated on his girlfriend with her best friend and, when she asked him why he did that, handed her a copy of nietzsche’s “beyond good and evil” with instructions to ask him again when she’d finished reading it and, when she read the whole thing and said she still didn’t understand, told her to read it again
in all seriousness, haven’t you ever come across that kind of man for whom intellectually dominating and humiliating others is the cornerstone of their particularly toxic masculinity? philosophy is notorious for being full of them