Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking
Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim
21. On Weddings, Resistance and Dicks: Autophotographic Responses to Questioning the Limits of Decorum
BRYANT KEITH ALEXANDER
In this section I am choosing to offer three linked autoethnographic excursions that serve as touchstones to the entries in this section. For me, the nature of autoethnography is always engaged as a critical explication of lived experience in the context of time, place, circumstance and culture. This coupled with the tensiveness of human social encounter that dynamizes a happening; making the story told in autoethnography both about the person who is telling it, as well as the culture and company from which the story emerges (at once both singular and plural)—always seeking to inform and transform decorums of everyday life. I am using the construction of “autophotographic” linked with the practice of autoethnography to reference the actual use of a signifying photographic image as a touch point to the personal stories being told, as well as to evidence how the particularity of the image—like a fixed memory or an artifact of actual existence, serves as an opportunity for critical commentary. Each of the essays in this section, like my own entry, speaks to normative affects—expressions of emotion—love, anger, and frustration that meet at the collusions and collisions of individual desire, performing a resistance to the decorums of heteronormativity, and exemplifying yearnings to breach the boundaries between possibility and potentiality. ← 199 | 200 →
Queer Decorum as an Act of Strategic Resistance: Another Wedding Story1
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