Annotated Bibliography #1

Overview of Sources: Michael Warner
These sources are all connected to each other given that they describe various arguments that are often brought out by queer activists, like Michael Warner, in the gay/lesbian movement. Such examples include sexual identity, political virtue, ideology of sexual behavior, and stereotypes that are formed based on sexual preference. Each of these sources help to clarify the ideal sought after rights and perspectives executed by the queer movement.

1) Sex and Secularity
By Michael Warner:

Warner discusses the 2 types of sexuality that are in confrontation with each other at his presentation at Duke university. He states that they are more than just freedom on public expression but are rather the "headscarves" of public order. I really don't entirely understand the metaphor, but he continues to explain that sexual expression is like empty space in which has already been filled with ideal heteronormativity. He mentions that this is prevalent in schools and that religious freedom is different from sexual freedom.

I believe the Warner makes a valid point when he distinguishes the difference between sexual freedom and secular expression. Warner, throughout this excerpt from his speech, continues to reference an author by the last name of Scott; perhaps this author could provide further insight on the confrontation of sexuality and what other elements play into role when confronting that argument. Additionally Duke has been known for hosting other speakers over a variety of issues that concern secularism and other social debatable issues, so it might be a good idea to research them and their upcoming speakers.

I found this excerpt by typing in "Michael Warner" into Youtube and this excerpt popped up.

Sex and Secularity. Duke University, Michael Warner. 17 March 2008.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Bu-i85Cr8w


2) The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life
By Michael Warner:

In this book he wrote, Warner talks about the difference between heterosexual and homosexual sex, claiming that both sides engage in anal play. He also explains society's ideal gender roles for the sexes, and explains that if you are a boy, you have to be masculine, and if you are a girl then you have to be feminine. Warner further emphasizes that heterosexuals who exhibit opposite of the ideal roles for boys and girls are more vulnerable to harassment and criticism, whereas homosexuals who tend to be either more masculine (boy) or more feminine (girl) are not as badly ridiculed as their heterosexual counterparts.

I agree with Warner in the sense that members of either sexual preference are always curious in terms of looking for ways to boost the over pleasure of their sex lives. I also agree that kids who are not conformed to society's ideal gender roles/.expectations are definitely more apt to be criticized or harmed, given that we live in such a superficial world. Reading this book more would definitely provide substantial answers to questions within this topic too.

I found this source by googling books of Michael Warner online.

Warner, Michael. The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000. (37-39).


3) Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory
By Michael Warner:

The introduction of this book talks about social/cultural variable factors that make up a person--for instance, race, gender, sexual identity, religion, etc. Warner takes a multicultural approach and mentions that the queer identity movement has always been perceived as an account of morality. Words such as: race, class, and gender ought to be represented in one embodied space and as a parallel form of identity.

Warner is accurate by saying that certain words may represent us, yet they are more powerful when they are combined into one trait that designs us, therefore reducing the need to discriminate. This book has a variety of different contributing authors that each write about the queer movement and how certain social aspects apply to the argument of multiculturalism and freedom.

I found this source by googling books of Michael Warner online.

Warner, Michael. Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory.
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. (Introduction: xviii-xix).

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