Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
The summer of 2011 marked an important turning-point in the geography and politics of sex: public sex, previously a domain dominated by the specter of a hypersexualized gay man, became the province of the irresponsible, foolish, and self-destructive heterosexual man, such as Anthony Weiner. Meanwhile, homosexuals were busy domesticating their sexuality in the private domain of the family. Just as hetero-sex shamefully seeped out into the open, homo-sex disappeared from view into the dignified pickets of private kinship. In this essay I examine the panic that unfolded in connection with Representative Weiner’s tweets as a kind of afterlife of homophobia; an afterlife that was not unrelated to the success of same-sex couples’ demand for marriage equality rights.
Katherine M. Franke,
Public Sex, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Afterlife of Homophobia,
Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public, Carlos Motta & Joshua Lubin-Levy, Eds., Forever & Today, Inc., 2011; Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 11-289
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