Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Orleans: Disappearance of the Dyke Bar

Dyke bars could be a safe haven, but they were not immune to dynamics of racism, classism and transphobia. The same interpersonal and structural forms of oppression that shape heterosexual society still applied in the bars, sometimes blatantly and sometimes in more subtle ways. As Fikri points out,oppressive structures and behaviors have not been eradicated from queer spaces and need to be central in our understanding of “safety” and “freedom.”
Really interesting exploration of the internal divisions within the gay liberation and feminist movements. Also highlights the gay bar as a tool and organizing center for women to challenge their absence from gay politics.
I think this was originally presented as a Podcast, but it's a compilation of interviews conducted with patrons and owners of multiple bars!

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