Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking
Edited By Dustin Bradley Goltz and Jason Zingsheim
Section II: Questioning the Limits of Future: The Shaming Power of “Should,” “Ought,” and “Happily Ever After”
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Questioning the Limits of Future: The Shaming Power of “Should,” “Ought,” and “Happily Ever After”
What if you don’t marry your high school sweetheart, move to the suburbs and have 2.5 kids, a dog, a cat, and a white picket fence by age 27? Engaging contemporary queer discussions of time, temporality, and futurity, this section examines the daily material violences and shaming enacted through normative frameworks of time and future. Heteronormative shame conceptualizes the ways participation in and aspirations for “proper” joining ceremonies (whether heterosexual, gay and lesbian, or queer) reify straight-based temporal narratives of what constitutes “successful,” “important,” and “significant” relations. In other words, everyone is expected to participate (or desire participation) in particular forms of relationship at specific points in their life. Those who “fall short,” or simply choose otherwise, are disciplined as “failures.” Queering temporality forefronts alternative timelines and meanings for what may be deemed livable, successful, and desirable lives.
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