Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking
Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim
6. Queer Love: Normative Shame and Queer Temporalities
KIMBERLEE PÉREZ, JASON ZINGSHEIM, AIMEE CARRILLO ROWE, DUSTIN BRADLEY GOLTZ AND DANIEL C. BROUWER
Dusty: As Kimberlee and I are academic colleagues now, packaged in the minds of our other dear colleagues—we are colleagues here, we have our partners at home—wherein a clear line is drawn between our work and our love (never pluralized). When Kimberlee and I smoke outside the building, walk through the halls, or even in the moments that used to be so easy when we touch or hug with affection, I feel under watch—perhaps suspicion. In a flurry of sound byte conversations, I script Jason and me into relational formations, stories, scenes, and roles that are intelligible for other co-workers yet a parody in my (and perhaps Kimberlee’s?) mind. In a life of flurried sound bytes, I do not know how to speak us (Jason and I, Kimberlee and I, our queer relations).
Dan: I am a middle child from the rural Midwest, raised Catholic. I am not overly invested in normative masculinity. I am perhaps overly committed to decorum, or what Robert Hariman describes as “the rules of conduct guiding the alignment of signs and situations, or texts and acts, or behavior and place” that are “embodied in practices of communication and display according to a symbolic system,” thereby “providing social cohesion and distributing power” (1992, p. 156).
Decorum names a social force, an embodied social force that organizes the...
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