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Very Special Friendships: Glimpses of Queer Relationships Among Women in the Colonial Archive

By queerdisrupt / 16 December 2021

by Kirsten Kamphuis (she/her/hers) As postcolonial historians have long demonstrated, everybody brings much more to the archive than their scholarly background. When I enter the archives of Roman Catholic teaching orders, as I have repeatedly done during my doctoral work on girls’ education in colonial Indonesia, I enter as a white, middle-class woman and a… Read More »Very Special Friendships: Glimpses of Queer Relationships Among Women in the Colonial Archive

The Fixation of Meaning: Pornography Then and Now

By Andrea Zuliani / 4 November 2021

by Andrea Zuliani (he/they) The sexual revolution of the eighteenth century has been one of the most famous events in history, as it involved the disruption of both the political and social characteristics of states. The analysis of this text will primarily focus on the use of queer pornography. It will focus on both the… Read More »The Fixation of Meaning: Pornography Then and Now

Policing and Pride

By queerdisrupt / 7 October 2021

by James Whitfield (he/him/his) Since the inception of the first UK pride, it has been a mix of protest and celebration. Often both have been so fused it is impossible to differentiate the two. However, over the years, many have questioned whether the element of protest is still present within pride. Arguments critiquing pride point… Read More »Policing and Pride

A Queer Thealogy of Vulnerability (Part 4)

By queerdisrupt / 5 September 2022

by Ciaran Hunter (he/him) The links for all previous parts can be found at the end of this post We’ve discussed, at length, the limitations and logical pitfalls that abound within the TERF conception of identity. However, I do think there is some merit to the attempt to come to a foundation upon which to… Read More »A Queer Thealogy of Vulnerability (Part 4)

Suffering and the Woman (Part 3)

By queerdisrupt / 5 September 2022

by Ciaran Hunter (he/him) The links for Parts 1 and 2 of this series can be found at the end of this post Earlier we touched on the concept of the Woman as an ideal marked by an almost divine Suffering, and I very briefly introduced the question that is the focus of this post.… Read More »Suffering and the Woman (Part 3)

When Suffering Just Isn’t Enough (Part 2)

By queerdisrupt / 5 September 2022

by Ciaran Hunter (he/him) The link for Part 1 of this series can be found at the end of this post The Trans person as an existential threat to this category How Trans women threaten the Sacred Suffering How Trans men threaten the Sacred Suffering How NB people threaten the Sacred Suffering The focus on… Read More »When Suffering Just Isn’t Enough (Part 2)

A Queer Thealogy of Vulnerability (Part 4)

By queerdisrupt / 5 September 2022

by Ciaran Hunter (he/him) The links for all previous parts can be found at the end of this post We’ve discussed, at length, the limitations and logical pitfalls that abound within the TERF conception of identity. However, I do think there is some merit to the attempt to come to a foundation upon which to… Read More »A Queer Thealogy of Vulnerability (Part 4)

Suffering and the Woman (Part 3)

By queerdisrupt / 5 September 2022

by Ciaran Hunter (he/him) The links for Parts 1 and 2 of this series can be found at the end of this post Earlier we touched on the concept of the Woman as an ideal marked by an almost divine Suffering, and I very briefly introduced the question that is the focus of this post.… Read More »Suffering and the Woman (Part 3)

When Suffering Just Isn’t Enough (Part 2)

By queerdisrupt / 5 September 2022

by Ciaran Hunter (he/him) The link for Part 1 of this series can be found at the end of this post The Trans person as an existential threat to this category How Trans women threaten the Sacred Suffering How Trans men threaten the Sacred Suffering How NB people threaten the Sacred Suffering The focus on… Read More »When Suffering Just Isn’t Enough (Part 2)

A Trans-exclusionary Thealogy of Suffering (Part 1)

By queerdisrupt / 14 July 2022

by Ciaran Hunter (he/him) The discussion of Trans rights, and especially of the right to self-determination, is becoming ever more visible as it becomes more vicious. A sense of panic and alarm radiates, not just from trans individuals whose lives and rights are being put on the line; but from the very people who are… Read More »A Trans-exclusionary Thealogy of Suffering (Part 1)

“It’s just a phase”: How to forgive yourself for changing

By queerdisrupt / 3 February 2022

by Sultana M.E (they/them/theirs) Most young queer kids have experienced it before, that sinking feeling, like someone tossed 10 pounds of nickels and dimes into your stomach. The panicked moment when your feelings shift away from the identity you’ve been clinging to. Am I wrong? Am I faking this? We all want to feel validated… Read More »“It’s just a phase”: How to forgive yourself for changing

On The Thought of Renaming Myself: Why I Like My Deadname But At The Same Time Hate It

By queerdisrupt / 2 December 2021

by Adrian (he/him/his) Most Indonesians only have one name. That’s right, their first name is also their official name. Depending on their ethnicity, they may also go by their nickname—usually given by parents or grandparents based on their personality or physical build. Such a name does not appear on government-issued documents. My birth name has… Read More »On The Thought of Renaming Myself: Why I Like My Deadname But At The Same Time Hate It

A Letter to My Body – Warped Canvas

By Phoenix Wilks / 18 November 2021

by Phoenix Wilks (they/them/theirs) You got a new coat of paint today. A new art piece to distract from what you are. If the artwork is beautiful maybe no one will notice that you are warped. Maybe I won’t. And it’s not that there’s anything wrong with the shape of you, in many ways you… Read More »A Letter to My Body – Warped Canvas

Nineteenth Century Prisons and Gender Diversity.

By queerdisrupt / 19 May 2021

By James Whitfield (he/him/his) The following post came about while I was sifting through the British Newspaper Archives. My purpose was not to provide a particularly systemic account of history but look for small stories or narratives that could highlight gender diversity within the prison system. I wanted to focus upon the nineteenth century, primarily… Read More »Nineteenth Century Prisons and Gender Diversity.

Bois of Isolation – Queering Gender Binaries in the Confines of Pandemic

By queerdisrupt / 4 December 2020

By Dawn Woolley (she/her) and AC Davidson (she/they). Do we experience and express our gender identities differently in pandemic lockdown? Can sharing selfies via Instagram be a way to collectively queer the gender binary? These questions and our own experiences of lockdown led us to set up Bois of Isolation (BOI) – a platform on… Read More »Bois of Isolation – Queering Gender Binaries in the Confines of Pandemic

Mind the gap: the dominance of MLM content in fan-created works

By queerdisrupt / 7 April 2022

by E. Jarcy (they/them) **Before beginning, it is worth noting that for the purposes of this piece, the author examined only content on Archive of Our Own to get the largest sample sizes for data and did not inspect fanfiction.net, Wattpad, or other fancontent sites. ***Additionally, the term ‘queer’ is used in this piece as… Read More »Mind the gap: the dominance of MLM content in fan-created works

Examining the Role of Family and Queerness in Torrey Peters’ Detransition, Baby

By queerdisrupt / 21 October 2021

by Chelsea Gallagher (she/her/hers) The word “transition” can be traced back to the Latin word “transitionem”. Originally used as a noun to describe “going across or over”, but what is the power it holds today? With the evolution of self-discovery tied with gender, we find ourselves free to transition constantly to promote change, growth, and… Read More »Examining the Role of Family and Queerness in Torrey Peters’ Detransition, Baby

‘one can love’ Richard Bruce Nugent, Fire!!, and the Harlem Renaissance

By queerdisrupt / 1 July 2021

By Jack Bowman (he/him) American artist and author Richard Bruce Nugent was the first openly gay Black writer. Although operating within what is now widely understood as a vibrant artistic scene of gay, lesbian, and bisexual participants, Nugent was one of the only expressly out members of the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote and created from… Read More »‘one can love’ Richard Bruce Nugent, Fire!!, and the Harlem Renaissance

Queering the Woman-Widow: Visiting this Gender as an Oxymoron

By queerdisrupt / 21 August 2022

Image Credits: Niranjan Shrestha. ‘Nepal criminalises isolation of women during their periods’. The Times, 10 August 2017, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nepal-criminalises-isolation-of-women-during-their-periods-jbwl3c8cv. by S.R. (she/her/they/them) TW: rape Ideating the term ‘queer’ The phrase ‘queer’ has made a protracted adventure; in phrases of the definitions, it meant and has touched on meanings that are greatly exclusive but rather linked. The… Read More »Queering the Woman-Widow: Visiting this Gender as an Oxymoron

Women’s domesticity and the reinforcement of masculinity: a spatial gendered analysis of the Sino-Western relationship in Canton during Qing dynasty

By Andrea Zuliani / 1 March 2022

by Andrea Zuliani (he/they) Why are women and their positionality/absence in society essential in history? And why particularly in the history of Sino-Western interactions?  The history of the Sino-Western commerce in China is characterised not only by the exchange of goods, but also by its intrinsic human and multicultural interactions. These must be understood within… Read More »Women’s domesticity and the reinforcement of masculinity: a spatial gendered analysis of the Sino-Western relationship in Canton during Qing dynasty

Very Special Friendships: Glimpses of Queer Relationships Among Women in the Colonial Archive

By queerdisrupt / 16 December 2021

by Kirsten Kamphuis (she/her/hers) As postcolonial historians have long demonstrated, everybody brings much more to the archive than their scholarly background. When I enter the archives of Roman Catholic teaching orders, as I have repeatedly done during my doctoral work on girls’ education in colonial Indonesia, I enter as a white, middle-class woman and a… Read More »Very Special Friendships: Glimpses of Queer Relationships Among Women in the Colonial Archive

Ibi Profane’s: Dragged Through History Review

By queerdisrupt / 13 May 2020

A review of our first online event ‘Ibi Profane’s Dragged Through History’ by Hannah Ayres.

Event Review: Warwick Is Not (Always) White

By queerdisrupt / 17 March 2020

A review of Lola Olufemi’s ‘Uses of the Feminist Imagination’ by Somak Biswas.

Event Review: Nanette Screening

By queerdisrupt / 19 February 2020

A review of our Nanette screening by Nick Cherryman.