By James Penney
After Queer Theory makes the provocative declare that queer conception has run its direction, made out of date via the elaboration of its personal common sense inside capitalism. James Penney argues that faraway from signalling the tip of anti-homophobic feedback, despite the fact that, the top of queer offers the social gathering to reconsider the relation among sexuality and politics.
Through a severe go back to Marxism and psychoanalysis (Freud and Lacan), Penney insists that how you can implant sexuality within the box of political antagonism is sarcastically to desert the exhausted premise of a politicised sexuality.
After Queer Theory argues that it is crucial to wrest sexuality from the lifeless finish of id politics, establishing it as much as a common emancipatory fight past the succeed in of capitalism's powers of commodification.
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We can relate this same logic to Puar’s concern with how the fantasy-image of the terrorist is homosexualised. The psychical condition of possibility of the virile heterosexual patriotic male is the repression of a libidinal investment in his uncanny obverse, the subversive queer terrorist. The psychoanalytic wager is that the disclosure of this investment has the effect of dismantling the structure of the ego ideal. Confronted with knowledge of what actually took place at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the patriotic subject has two options: either reinforce the power of repression, which aggravates his complicity with the intrinsic violence of the state of exception, or else allow the patriotic identification to come crumbling down, making possible very different acts of unpatriotic and properly political citizenship.
Despite the massive impact of Foucault’s reformulation of power on Butler’s work in gender and sexuality theory, this turn towards the universal, quite surprising from this perspective, helped counteract the troubling inwardness that has significantly separated the imagination of queer theory’s political future from the crucial debates around the ideas of democracy and communism, as well as the forms of national and supranational – state and non-state – power to which these categories are tethered.
More specifically, psychoanalysis tells us why the fantasy construction of the ideal, counter-terrorist, patriotic and respectably homosexual citizen requires as its unacknowledged condition the obscene, sadomasochistic jouissance of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib – that is, the flagrant violations of international law that have incensed so many around the world. Psychoanalysis teaches the invaluable lesson that the construction of the ego ideal – the symbolic point from which we can gratifyingly contemplate ourselves – goes hand in hand with the repression of a fantasy, which delivers the libidinal satisfaction such contemplation can only fail to acknowledge.