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 Topic: Defining "queer"

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WB  



Joined: 01 Aug 2009
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Interests: Midwestern literature, culture, and history; Latino literature, culture, and history
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Posted: 3 Aug 2009, 2:58 pm    Post subject: Defining "queer" Reply with quote

I am writing a scholarly essay. I would like some feedback on the following passage from a discussion on GLBTQ terminology, to see if anyone has suggestions.

Queer is used by people who prefer it as a term for any orientation or identity that defies heteronormativity. While many older individuals are uncomfortable with the word, which has a long history as a vicious epithet, the rehabilitation of “queer” demonstrates the ability of the LGBTQ community to meet adversity with defiance.

The part that I'd like comments on is the end of the second sentence. I'm thinking that there could be a better phrase than "to meet adversity with defiance." It's a turning of an oppressor's weapon against the oppressor. Can anyone suggest another phrase that would fit with the rest of the sentence, not be much longer, but say better what I'm getting at? Remember if you make a suggestion, it may end up published, but you don't get credit! That's a disclaimer.

Thanks.

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Posted: 4 Aug 2009, 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: Defining "queer" Reply with quote

WB wrote:
I am writing a scholarly essay. I would like some feedback on the following passage from a discussion on GLBTQ terminology, to see if anyone has suggestions.

Queer is used by people who prefer it as a term for any orientation or identity that defies heteronormativity. While many older individuals are uncomfortable with the word, which has a long history as a vicious epithet, the rehabilitation of “queer” demonstrates the ability of the LGBTQ community to meet adversity with defiance.

The part that I'd like comments on is the end of the second sentence. I'm thinking that there could be a better phrase than "to meet adversity with defiance." It's a turning of an oppressor's weapon against the oppressor. Can anyone suggest another phrase that would fit with the rest of the sentence, not be much longer, but say better what I'm getting at? Remember if you make a suggestion, it may end up published, but you don't get credit! That's a disclaimer.

Thanks.



Why not just write what you say above: ". . . the rehabilitation of "queer" demonstrates the ability of the LGBTQ community to turn an oppressor's weapon against the oppressor"? Sounds good to me, and much better than "to meet adversity with defiance," which lacks the sense of agency that your formulation has. Good luck with your essay.
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