How many straight people does it take to have a queer party?

Purple Sage ponders a quandary: what the hell does “queer” mean any more, and how does one hold a queer party?

Anyway, here is the first modern meaning of “queer” demonstrated in this article: “a self-applied term of empowerment.” Yes, “queer” is a label that people apply to themselves to gain something—usually cool points that can be cashed in among liberal friends. Sometimes calling yourself “queer” can even get you material benefits, like giving you an edge when running for a political position or career position in a liberal establishment.

“Empowerment” is a term that comes from the media-led third wave “feminist” backlash against actual feminism. Empowerment™ is a feel-good lifestyle product you can buy from the companies that market it. The thing itself could be anything that capitalism sells—makeup, clothing, plastic surgeries, sexy photos, etc, but the advertising campaign surrounding the thing gives it an aura of Empowerment™. (This consumer product should not be confused with actual power, which is something one cannot earn by purchasing products.) Calling yourself “queer,” in liberal circles, can get you the same vaguely defined Empowerment™ feeling.

“Queerness derives its radical power from its inclusivity.” This is a word salad. Power is the ability to exercise control or influence. You don’t get power from “inclusivity.” I’m not sure what “radical power” would even mean. This is one of those phrases that people just write because the words look pretty when sitting next to each other like that. It doesn’t actually mean anything.

2 thoughts on “How many straight people does it take to have a queer party?

  1. Susan Siens March 14, 2018 at 14:15 Reply

    I miss Purple Sage! Anyhow, in a recent New Yorker there was a review of a queer restaurant. (I wrote this same comment on gendertrender.) They put bowls of Froot Loops and Lucky Charms on the tables for snacks: This is the new definition of queer.

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