… Is rocking my world right now. I gave a paper recently at the University of Westminster and I was asked, ‘Can you be queer if you’re straight?’ Why yes, I said, indeed you can (although in hindsight I should have said ‘yes, indeed I am’). But queer is a politics, not a person, and it both can and does form part of broader collective struggles for economic and social justice. For me, queer doesn’t ask: ‘Which oppression?’ It asks: ‘How is it that we’re being asked to choose, and what do those “choices” do?’ The work I’m finding the most exciting is work that brings together feminist, Marxist, postcolonial, poststructuralist, crip and other theories – work that isn’t afraid of the tensions and contradictions but instead uses them and plays with them. I imagine all of these traditions to be like elastic bands, straining in all directions, pulling so tight … But they don’t snap; they vibrate and hum like bees. It’s beautiful.
The text of Lorde’s brilliant piece can be found here.