So here's what's going on with my safe-space project. I am beginning to receive a trickle of responses to an email I sent out a while ago asking several questions about safe space and the Ryan Sorba debacle. To refresh your memory, Sorba is the asshole/conservative pundit who came to Smith my senior year to give a talk on "The Born Gay Hoax." His thesis is that gay people choose to be gay, and therefore do not deserve civil rights. Much chaos ensued.
I'm going to harass people some more to respond, but so far a lot of the responses have been written in a really compelling manner. Plus, they are almost all friends of mine, so they have a conversational tone that I think will be really fun to play with in the paper. I've also been reading some lit on the subject, the most helpful ones so far being Queers in Space and Bernice Reagan Johnson.
I guess I am having two quandaries at this point. First, I feel really out of my element making this a thought-based project rather than a research based project. I'm really excited about having the opportunity to just ponder at length, but I'm having trouble convincing myself that this is a legit scholarly effort.
Second, I've been thinking about interspersing some personal recollections of my coming out experience into the paper. These have been really easy and fun to write so far, and I think that it might be a good way of putting my own positionality into the paper. I'm also taking a personal narrative class (with Angela- woot!) and I'm intrigued by the challenge of working myself into an argument. However, Sara, if you don't want to read about my awkward early adolescence, etc., I will not have my feelings hurt.
Your thoughts, as always, are appreciated.