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Creating Accessible Queer Community: Intersections and Fractures with Dis/Ability Praxis

  • Dawn Atkins
  • Cathy Marston
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This article explores the intersections and fractures that disability theory and activism present to queer community. The authors begin by drawing upon a multiple axis approach from feminist theory, then discuss the problem of defining “disability” and “queer.” They then explore the intersections and fractures of these identities and theories, hoping to raise awareness among queer activists and scholars and introduce them to conceptual and practical tools. In particular, disability studies offers a way to reconceptualize and ground theory and practice in the “messiness” of real bodies and to make visible the mythic “normate” against which cultural Others are defined.

disability passing queer feminist theory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn Atkins
    • 1
  • Cathy Marston
    • 2
  1. 1.Iowa City
  2. 2.Iowa City

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