by Jamie Chi and Joseph Clark
13 July 2019
Imagine my excitement when I saw that the British Museum was holding a free talk on “activism and queer posthumanism”, the latter being something of a
Chi explained that capitalism was responsible for putting queer people in cages, and explained that she was from Hong Kong where society is much more conservative than in the West.
An example from a Nigerian lesbian from a Jehovah Witness family had to hide her sexuality as homosexuality carries 10-14 year prison sentence.
Then it was Joseph Clark’s turn to take over.
Then Clark stood up and introduced himself as a 3rd year PhD student at Bangor University and that he was going to ‘ontologically explain’ what the root cause of
Clark talked about Judith Butler and how she had answered the question about performative gender identities, but that he had developed a new theory, namely
Normativity gives power. The protests in Birmingham over sex education were wrong and then Clark quoted Butler again. Homosexuals in the past had been put into mental institutions.
I have written in my notes
Clark said that the “site of pain” for LGBTQ+ people was located in the need to perform gender, and that people act for
I think ultimately Clark's point was that *everybody* is affected by the need to perform and use identity as a mask, and therefore he, a straight man, was no less affected than anyone else by that.
Clark said Law has to satisfy three things:
1. it has to be written/codified,
2. it has to be ambiguous otherwise it is impossible for a judge to interpret it,
3. a law must be breakable.
What are they teaching at universities nowadays?! I really have zero respect for whatever programme of study this young man has gone through.