Problematic Proximities: Or Why Critiques of Gay Imperialism Matter

Ahmed, Sara
August 2011
Feminist Legal Studies;2011, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p119
Academic Journal
This article examines the issues of censorship, language and racism through a critical reflection on Peter Tatchell's response to the critique of gay imperialism offered by Jin Haritaworn, Tamsila Tauqir and Esra Erdem. In 'Academics smear Peter Tatchell', we are invited to find evidence of 'Islamophobia, racism or support for imperialist wars' in the writings that can be downloaded from Tatchell's website. The article shows how islamophobia and racism operate in Tatchell's writings not necessary in the content of specific arguments but through the very form of proximities (for example in the proximity between the words 'Islam', 'fundamentalism' and 'terror'). The article thus reflects on how racism operates in language through the repetition of associations that get 'stuck'.


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