Talk:Queer studies

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worldwide perspective?[edit]

Can anyone address the is issues of this tag? -- Banjeboi 14:45, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Excessive Citation[edit]

This article has too many citations, impeding its readability (many citations are simply recycled). Please edit and re-cite using accepted practices. Every sentence does not need a citation.

Brown University[edit]

By 1995, Brown University had a major called Sexuality & Society, just a synonym for LGBT Studies. I believe it is now combined with Women's Studies and the combined major is called Gender & Sexuality Studies. But here's the point: Brown University may have been the first Ivy League institution to have an LGBT Studies major. I don't have the cites at the moment, but readers should keep this in mind. Brown did it before Yale and Harvard. Recognize! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chumley41 (talkcontribs) 00:55, 15 August 2015 (UTC)


This article fails to note or address the controversy surrounding use of the term "queer." The term was introduced and advanced by the more radical elements of the movement, but it never caught on in the GLBT community at large, with the majority resenting it, not embracing it. Many liken it to the African-American adaptation of the "N" word, and reject it. At least one of the movers and shakers who initially pushed adoption of the term later wrote an editorial calling for its abandonment for that reason. Conservatives often accuse our universities of being leftist and too "politically correct." Although I'm not generally sympathetic to that assertion, calling people "queer" might lend some credence to it. There are strong feelings about this, and I'm sure the left-wing element won't appreciate my note here. But I hope it's not removed, and I hope someone with the time, expertise and resources will provide a "Controversy" section in the main article, with adequate footnoting. —Preceding unsigned comment added by ChicagoLarry (talkcontribs) 16:38, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

Larry, do you have some sources for what you've said? If it's in a book or journal, we can use it. The Sound and the Fury (talk) 13:50, 15 March 2010 (UTC)
I well remember an editorial, but don't know if I can find it... will get to looking into it eventually. Thanks. ChicagoLarry. —Preceding unsigned comment added by ChicagoLarry (talkcontribs) 16:43, 20 April 2010 (UTC)
Sound&Fury, there are many published discussions of the reclaiming of "queer" and the declining interest in it, but I just don't have the time to research this; I'm hoping someone else will. At the very least, this article can better acknowledge a controversy about this. For starters, check out the entry for "queer" in Wayne R. Dynes' "Homolexis Glossary." The great (recently deceased) gay activist and writer Paul Varnell has an article about this, here: I'm confident he wrote about it more than once, and I think it was he (not sure) who wrote a column citing a couple of community leaders who originally embraced "queer" and later abandoned it. It's hard to zero in on a specific article using Google due to the search terms being so commonly used.
Also, there are many Google entries re a Harvey Milk quote, " I am not queer, I am gay." My fear is (and forgive my cynicism, but I've had a long time to develop it!) that the guardians of the word "queer" won't allow this page (and/or related ones) to adequately address this controversy. To suggest we need citations even to acknowledge it is, to me, like saying we'd need a citation to assert that people love sunshine! There are many published discussions of this, if someone has a burden to research it and digest it—and has the time to do it. (talk) 19:08, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
You could look at what universities call their departments that deal with these issues. My university calls it LGBT Studies. I have the LGBT Studies certificate from that university (UW-Madison), and it has always been my experience that "queer" is more politically charged and, in an academic context, deals more with literary/art theory and philosophy. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:44, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Clearer differentiation from queer theory needed[edit]

The title says it all. If anyone can assist, that would be good. The Sound and the Fury (talk) 14:39, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

No takers? The Sound and the Fury (talk) 10:17, 17 March 2010 (UTC)


I removed a series of large tags from the top of the article; did anyone intend to fix those problems? The Sound and the Fury (talk) 14:52, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

What is Queer Studies?[edit]

After reading this entry, I know more about the establishment of LGBT courses and departments in higher education, but very little about Queer Studies beyond the fact that it involves the LGBT experience. What are some of the major themes of this discipline? What about its critical method? What are some foundational texts? What would I learn in a Queer Studies course that I wouldn't learn in a general course about "Sexuality in X"? This should be discussed in the body/text of the entry.

There needs to be more substance beyond "Queer Studies involves psychology, literary theory, sociology,...." kind of statements. This article seems to assume that the reader already knows what Queer Studies is and has done some reading on the topic. It needs to be less about establishing the history of departments and who came first and more outlining the academic discipline because it actually doesn't tell the reader much about what Queer Studies IS. (talk) 10:47, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

I see much of what I'm looking for lies in the Queer Theory entry but I still think that there could be more descriptive content to Queer Studies than what exists right now. Surely Queer Studies involve a plurality of critical perspectives and isn't solely based on Queer Theory. (talk) 10:52, 15 June 2013 (UTC)