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Love and MoneyQueers, Class, and Cultural Production$
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Lisa Henderson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814790571

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814790571.001.0001

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Queer Relay

Queer Relay

(p.101) 5 Queer Relay
Love and Money

Lisa Henderson

NYU Press

This chapter continues social exploration through fieldwork to examine actually existing market conditions of queer cultural production at the crossroads of industrial and queer independent sectors. It narrates a field study designed to work against a “commercial repressive hypothesis,” the idea that the history of commerce in queer cultural production is a history of repression. The chapter mainly draws from Michel Foucault's writing on the sexual repressive hypothesis (SRH), the notion that contends that the history of sexuality in the West is a history of sexual repression with cumulative nods toward liberation, as liberationists have undone, first, the religious, then the carceral, and finally the medical ties that bind in the modern period. The chapter also looks at Foucault's The History of Sexuality (1986), where he argues, contrary to the SRH, that modern Western sexuality is in fact a history of the proliferation of sexual discourses, including liberationist ones.

Keywords:   queer cultural production, commercial repressive hypothesis, Michel Foucault, sexual repressive hypothesis, sexuality in the West, sexual repression, The History of Sexuality

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