Another huge cultural and political change of recent years has been the transformation in social attitudes towards same-sex relationships. It’s hard to believe now that both advocates and opponents of ‘gay liberation’ once thought that capitalism itself simply could not tolerate open same-sex relationships, and would be fatally undermined by any attempt to validate them. At the same time sexuality remains a highly charged political issue in many complex ways, and the broad field of ‘queer theory’ has been one of the most productive and contentious areas of cultural studies.
Stephen Maddison was supposed to lead this session but he was ill :(. Jeremy covered it at the last minutes using OSE Queer as folk. There was a pretty good discussion so we’re making the recording available despite the inevitable shortcomings.