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.
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