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Liberation and its Limits: Negotiating Queer Male Sexuality in Arthur Tress’ 1977 Superman Fantasy. Adding to multiple 1960s and 70s American ‘liberation narratives’, Gay Liberation mobilized social progress through essentialized representation. Shot in industrial ruins of Manhattan’s Chelsea piers historic gay cruising sites Arthur Tress’ 1977 photograph, Superman Fantasy , features a white male poking his penis through a cardboard Superman cutout. The merging of Tress’ male model with Superman’s artifice produces multiple readings of an incorporated double body. Examining the secret identity archetype as queer metaphor, oblique relations to masculine myths like Superman highlight broader negotiations with nationalism neocolonial orderings of the “American way” are bound to Gay Liberation itself, recuperated as a homonationalism . A black and white photograph excluding Persons of Color, Superman Fantasy chromatically fuses the whiteness of its characters, exposing a gendered racism in neoliberal imaginaries: queer cis white males are displaced by heterosexist matrices, but remain “gay figureheads” from privileges of race and ‘biological’ sex. Branding the queer white male body, Superman acquires new genitals, physically coopting ‘Othered’ sexuality into flat construction: fantasy becomes a vehicle for control and domination. However, penetrating the cutout is a symbolic act of queer vigilantism, echoing Superman’s heroic acts outside the law through postStonewall illegalities of samesex relations. Viewing identity as a tenet of capitalism, Superman Fantasy’s penetration models accelerationist liberation when paired with time: the only way out is through. This latter point locates current possibility and tension for liberation, ‘speeding up’ global capital toward imminent rupture through cybernetic projection. Virtualities like social media mutate agency, complicating liberation in a superpowered patriarchy. Arthur Tress Superman Fantasy Fiber Print 1977
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―The modes of resistance and struggle that came out of liberation movements in the latter part of the 20th century gave rise to anti-oppression organizing and politics.
KOREA IS ONE Official Publication of the Ireland Juche-Songun Ideas Study Group Issue 1 July 2013 Juche 102 DPRK CELEBRATES 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF VICTORY IN THE GREAT FATHERLAND LIBERATION WAR On a bright July day in Pyongyang a feeling of great pride and responsibility filled the air.
“TRAGIC EVENTS RELATING TO THE CHICOTE FAMILY” The story of a family’s sufferings during the Battle for the Liberation of Manila in the final stages of World War II ------------oooooo------------- “SUCESOS TRÁGICOS A LA FAMILIA CHICOTE” By / Por Prudencio Chicote Lalana Translation from the original Spanish by Marifí Chicote Sponsored by: