Author: Margot Weiss

Associate professor of American studies and anthropology at Wesleyan University. Her scholarship includes Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2011) and essays on the sexual politics of late capitalism, queer activism, left intellectuals and the neoliberal university, and method in queer anthropology. She is at work on her second book, which explores the radical political imaginations of North American queer left activists at a time of economic precarity.

Queers for Economic Justice

Queer Precarity and the Myth of Gay Affluence

The LGBT movement’s laser-focus on marriage equality propagates the myth of gay and lesbian affluence as political strategy, leaving aside any analysis of class or economic inequality or poverty—much less an analysis of capitalism. LGBT people are typically depicted as affluent consumers with high disposable incomes, yet this is hardly the norm. The majority of LGBT/Q people are poor or working class, female, and people of color, who struggle to get a job or hold onto one, to pay their rent and care for themselves and the people they love.

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