Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Early start!

The Journal of Bisexuality from The American Institute for Bisexuality has the following editorial board:
  • Editor-in-Chief: Jonathan Alexander, PhD - University of California, Irvine
  • Assistant Editor: Regina U. Reinhardt, PhD - Board of Directors, American Institute of Bisexuality
  • Book Review Editor: David van Leer, PhD - University of California, Davis
  • Film/Video Review Editor: Wayne Bryant - President, Bisexual Resource Center
Editorial Board:
  • Serena Anderlini-D'onofrio, PhD - University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
  • Jana Evans Braziel, PhD - University of Cincinnati
  • Amity Buxton - Director, Straight Spouse Network
  • Eli Coleman, PhD - University of Minnesota
  • Clive Davis, PhD - Syracuse University
  • Sharon Dean, PhD -University of Cincinnati
  • Sari Dworkin, PhD - California State University, Fresno
  • Ron Fox, PhD - Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center
  • Alexei Guren - BiNet USA and National Bisexual Advisory Board
  • Marty Klein - Sex Therapist and Author
  • Robyn Ochs -Tufts University
  • Larry Peterson, PhD - University of Delaware
  • Paula C. Rodriguez Rust, PhD - SUNY, Geneseo
  • Ron Jackson Suresha, Rev. Br., ULC - Independent Queen Masculinities Author
  • Geri D. Weitzman, PhD - Private Practice and Bisexuality-Aware Professional Directory
  • Karen Yescavage, PhD - Colorado State University, Pueblo

These academics may well be worth keeping an eye on.


How is it that I haven't heard of homonormativity until now? From Wikipedia:
"Homonormativity is the assimilation of heteronormative ideals and constructs into LGBTQ culture and individual identity. The term was coined by Lisa Duggan in 2003. According to Penny Griffin, Politics and International Relations lecturer at the University of New South Wales, homonormativity upholds neoliberalism rather than critiquing monogamy, procreation, and binary gender roles as heterosexist and racist. Duggan asserts that homonormativity fragments LGBTQ communities into hierarchies of worthiness. LGBTQ people that come the closest to mimicking heteronormative standards of gender identity are deemed most worthy of receiving rights. LGBTQ individuals at the bottom of the hierarchy (transsexuals, transvestites, intersex, bisexuals, non-gender identified) are seen as an impediment to this elite class of homonormative individuals receiving their rights."
  • Duggan, Lisa. The Twilight of Equality?: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack On Democracy. Beacon Press, 2003.
  • Griffin, Penny. “Sexing the Economy in a Neo-liberal World Order: Neo-liberal Discourse and the (Re)Production of Heteronormative Heterosexuality.” British Journal of Politics and International Relations 9.2 (2007): 220-238. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. MCTC LIBRARY. 30 June 2009.

Bilerico did two great things today: mentioned bisexuality AND Michel Foucault!
Check out their great article here.
This is a snippet:
"The public conception of homosexuality coincided with a growing concern with effeminacy that appeared in England in the eighteenth century. Boys typically wore girl's clothing until they were sent away to boarding school. Men's clothing was frilly in the Elizabethan Age. However, clothing became more sharply differentiated from the 1770s on. There were diatribes against fops and dandies. By the nineteenth century, men no longer dared embrace in public or shed tears."

It occurs to me that American history at some point has to switch to a shared British history, as the behaviours/cultural phenomena of today are fed by the origins of these practices. These origins are almost uniquely British (with some Dutch influence, etc.) - it isn't until much later that other countries come to the melting pot of cultures that became USA. As the arriving families came to seek a better life in the new land, the new West, they brought their own ideas and norms. But until then the reference points for Americans lay within British soil. Understanding American practices by referring to Elizabethan clothing may seem odd, but it is accurate - there are linkages that cannot be denied - a continuation of stories through the ages.

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