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WHAT IS QUEER THEORY?
Queer theory is the sociological field of critical theory which emerged in the early 1990s as an outgrowth of the fields of queer studies and women's studies. Queer theory builds both upon feminist challenges to the idea that gender is part of the essential self and upon gay/lesbian studies' close examination of the socially constructed nature of sexual acts.
Queer theory perceives identity as a constellation of multiple and unstable positions instead of the assumed heteronormative perception that gender, sex and sexuality is stable and binary.
IS IT OK TO USE THE TERM “QUEER”?
Yes and no.
If it is used in a respectful way versus as an insult, that would probably be ok. In addition to using it as common language, academically, it has been used to describe an entire research category of films, history, books, culture, studies, and theories.
However, even with the prolific use of this term in popular culture, some people still don’t like hearing it used at all due to personal and more recent histories where it was used in hate, criminalization, and clinical settings as a pejorative word.
DOES QUEERY HAVE MORE THAN ONE BRANCH?
Queery has its one and only branch in White Plains, NY, but we have traveled to events, meetings and conferences in various places along the east coast. If you are interested in having our speakers come to your event or organization, contact us and we can discuss the logistical details that work best for your situation.
Our Queer Gear (magnets, greeting cards, canvas prints, card game, and Queery Logo T-shirt) has traveled across the globe and can be conveniently shipped to you wherever you are. So please, visit our Shop page.