Queer Theory

Sociology (Humanities), 1991

Foucault’s sex dungeon legacy: a radically-politicised area of study of those who do not fit into traditional social definitions informed by science.

Science likes to study abnormalities; sociology likes to politicise them. This “area of study” was coined by Foucault-loving Teresa de Lauretis, a professor of the “History of Consciousness” and expert-in-everything (err “feminist film theory”) in a 1991 essay for “Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies”, entitled “Queer Theory: Lesbian and Gay Sexualities”. Her Wikipedia page is truly spectacular in its stupidity quotient. Well documented in “A Genealogy of Queer Theory” (2000) by William Turner.