January 4th, 2005

Susan Sontag op-ed

For those who participated in the comments to koaloha's post on Susan Sontag's passing, and anyone who's interested, today's LA Times has this Op-Ed about why so many major news organizations didn't deal openly with her sexuality.

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My thoughts on this are divided. Obviously, I think that outing shouldn't be controversial if queer lives are honored as heterosexual ones are, but we all know they aren't. Also, Sontag occupied a rarefied sphere of intellectuals and artists, and didn't really align herself with her sexual community, as far as I know, something Sarah Schulman wrote a very critical essay about in My American History. Unlike Schulman, I don't really judge her for it, because I don't think Sontag was the kind of public figure whose audience particularly needed her outness--she wasn't a professional athlete, for example--and I think Schulman is asking Sontag to understand her sexuality in the way Schulman understands her own, which seems unfair at best. At worst, it feels to me like posthumously inducting Sontag into Moore and Schulman's idea of what her life and sexual history meant (her marriage "ended in 1958" and therefore "bisexual really means gay").

Anyway, mainly posting this for those who are interested, but would love to hear thoughts, too.

Memory Lane: What a fiesty do-gooder I was!

Heh. An old essay I wrote for a friend of mine about how I envisioned "queer." I used to be *so* innocent and earnest. I think this was published somewhere? I'll have to ask my friend, Kris. But I get a hoot out of my dreams. So, if you want, read where I used to live and tell me if you lived or live somewhere similar. I have a stran'ge feeling this is my post-queer manifesto.


More broadly, I can read this and see myself then and now and I find it kinda funny and kinda sad... I wonder, where are you or where were you? I'm curious about other folks so... *shrugs* *smiles* and sometimes, I repeat myself a lot.