Fuck off! recasting queer anger for a politics of (self-)discomfort

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While anger is often treated as a 'dirty' feeling or a pathology, queer anger holds the potential for a renewed politics of (self-)discomfort. I draw upon queer theory in order to strategically highlight that anger is what constitutes queer both as a homophobic slur and as a reclaimed label of self-identification. Put differently, it is impossible to understand how 'queer' works pragmatically without its affective loading. Moreover, inspired by the Black feminist tradition, I argue that it is imperative to forge angry coalitions with other activist and academic projects against discrimination. Fuck off! is the rallying cry for building a broader defying alliance that not only marshals together various streams of anger directed at different sides of the same Leviathan, hegemony, but also does not shy away from internal annoyances and is not afraid of constantly discomforting itself.,,.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-446
Number of pages8
JournalGender and Language
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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