Class Facilitation 4/11
Aurora Brainsky-Roth and Forrest Jackson
Medical intervention around sexuality
Slurs (especially c-slur) and discussion of their appropriate use
We will begin with a discussion of c-slur time, making sure everyone is on the same page about what it means broadly. We will make clear what Kafer means by c-slur time and where it can take us, as well as its limitations. We will specifically mark the use of the c-slur and talk about who can and cannot use it and when.
Slow or fast
Out of order
Not future oriented
Task is alternate temporalities that do not cast disabled people out of time
Is flexibility a value that we should be striving for? What does flexibility mean and who is it for? Does it leave people out?
What does this mean in terms of labor and the “work day”?
Can we think about this concept outside of the urge or need to work?
How can we think about prognosis time (Kafer 37) and death, disability and time more deeply, and extend or alter this framework to questions of mental illness and suicide?
We will talk about the language that we use around suicide, specifically shifting the framework away from “committing” to “death by” or a variant – e.g. “died by/from/of suicide,” similar to “died from/of cancer”
Suicide – Queer time/c-slur time – “This mental illness will kill me” vs. “This disease will kill you”
Can we also think about suicide outside of mental illness? I.e. assisted suicide, incarcerated suicide
How does prognosis time/suicide time shape a relationship to activism, as well as a sense of self (when the self is tied to both the present and the future)?
Can we use this to address death more fully than Kafer does?
What does it mean for the mind and body to be out of sync (Kafer 48)? What makes this mind/body asynchrony “grotesque”?
How can we use this asynchrony to think about the bioethics of hormone therapy and transness? What makes that asynchrony more grotesque to doctors than a surgically modified body? Can we think about the cultural connotations of an adult with the mind of a child in conjunction with the trope of a man with the mind of a woman?
How does capacity come into play? I.e. doctors either enabling life or strategically disabling a patient. What is the difference between casting this asynchrony as disability vs. surgically induced “disability”
Interesting context of the word asynchrony in terms of “giftedness” – https://tip.duke.edu/node/839
How can we think about the term “pillow angel” (Kafer, 52, 66) through the lens of the production of white femininity and childhood, in terms of her sexuality needing to be “protected,” or for her body needing to be protected from sexualization? Protected from whom?