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Isaac West

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781479832149

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479832149.001.0001

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PISSAR’s Critically Queer and Disabled Politics

PISSAR’s Critically Queer and Disabled Politics

(p.61) 2 PISSAR’s Critically Queer and Disabled Politics
Transforming Citizenships

Isaac West

NYU Press

This chapter examines the queer activism of People in Search of Safe and Accessible Restrooms (PISSAR)—a genderqueer and disability coalition committed to improving accommodations in campus bathrooms. PISSAR’s activism shows that public bathrooms can be more than a space of fear and shame; they can also be a generative space of politics. By addressing the shame associated with their bodies and bathroom politics, PISSAR fought against the “spatially based consubstantially of shame.” In doing so, they demonstrated how one might theorize and practice critically queer politics outside of the logics of gay white male shame that hinders a number of LGBT and queer political groups.

Keywords:   PISSAR, queer activism, queer political groups, public bathrooms, gay white male

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