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Equality's Limitations, Liberation's Challenges: Considerations for Queer Movement Strategizing

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Author(s): Mul, Nick J.

Journal: Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education
ISSN 1710-7598

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: education | psychology | social sciences | social policy | social work | cultural studies | equality | liberation | gays | queers | anti-oppression | feminism | sexual citizenship

ABSTRACT
This paper is a critical analytical exploration of queer strategizing in Canada that questions the potential impact of two current approaches on the future of the movement. The queer movement’s attempts in making progress have been divided of late by those who ascribe to an equality agenda vs. those who ascribe to a liberationist perspective. Three themes in current Canadian queer strategizing, based on the literature and the author’s experience in frontline queer activism are presented: normalization via desexualizing of queer communities; acceptance via assimilation; and protection via omission, utilizing Bill C-2/solicitation laws, same-sex marriage and health and wellbeing issues as examples. The author argues that equality objectives have serious limitations and liberationist objectives have earnest challenges for the future of the queer movement. Both require closer attention paid to intersectional considerations in our pluralistic society and can benefit from anti-oppressive practice and the concept of 'sexual citizenship'.

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