Category Archives: safer spaces(guidelines)

BOOKHOPS=SAFE SPACES.QUEER/GAY LIBRARY. BY STEVEN BENSON.

In homage, and with affection, to my dear friend Michael:). Michael said bookshops were “safe spaces” for him;and, I thought, they are safe for me too. Here is one https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/creating-my-own-spring-psychogeography-in-action-by-steven-benson/ To (re) coin some fruity (!) images, they are island/oases … Continue reading

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CREATING MY OWN SPRING.PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY IN ACTION! BY STEVEN BENSON.

As winter edges towards spring,I inhabit a liminal place/space, a queer(quirky, self-created, counter-hegemonic) SAFE space, an oasis; today, it is in Blackwell’s impoverished, slowly declining (but, temporarily, re-invented) new little University bookshop. Amidst. and athwart,¬†the quotidian distress and fear of … Continue reading

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MANAGING THE THE DISCONTINUITIES AND POSITIONALITIES OF LGBTQ EXPERIENCE. BY STEVEN BENSON.

There are : 1.Lgbt people who want to know about their inheritance/the fight for equal legal rights; possibly, even to theorize about it! 2.Lgbt people/queers who want to go BEYOND the lgbt/queer binary and explore lgbt studies/history AND Queer Theory. … Continue reading

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MINI-POST:STRUGGLING TO CREATE WITHIN/ALONGSIDE THE GAPS/TO MAKE THE GAPS IN THE HEGEMONY: VIA FORM AND VIA WRITING(AND READING!),OPENLY AS A GAY MAN.BY STEVEN BENSON

I feel as if I am in a nearly constant struggle to MAKE safe space(for me and anyone else who claims it as their right) within or alongside hegemonies(or outside them; separatist; CONTROVERSIAL), and the heterosexist, heteronormative,sometimes ¬†(homo-)homophobic world. {Homo-homophobia-quite … Continue reading

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QUESTIONS TO PONDER ON GAY/QUEER WRITING, AND WRITING IN GENERAL.INFORMED BY ROBERT GLUCK AND NEW NARRATIVE.BY STEVEN BENSON

1. “how to be a theory-based writer and represent myself as a gay man”(Robert Gluck, “Long Note on New Narrative”,); questions with which I, myself, am still struggling; and the first of which could also well relate to cross/multi(therefore queer … Continue reading

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YES, we have a culture and history -and future: An LGBTQ MANIFESTO. BY STEVEN BENSON

Inspired by the performance “Keep it Proud”, at LIPA, 4.4.14,a ¬†combination of lgbtq history, celebration; and a worthwhile attempt at community cohesion   FLEE the Disavowal….. EMBRACE Lgbt Gay Queer (Sub) Culture….. You don’t have to like ALL of it. … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS AND LINKS:INTRA-DIALOGICALITY; THE CONSTRUCTION OF MASCULINITY;FEMININE ECRITURE AND ECRITURE CUIR; AND “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS”(USED PEJORATIVELY).BY STEVEN BENSON

Where to start? Events and books prompt these thoughts/links; and reading “In One Person”(Irving, 2012). …………………………………… To define: 1.INTRA-DIALOGICALITY. The internal dialogue, in each of us-sometimes leading to cognitive dissonance, sometimes an acceptance of the different strands of the self/selves- … Continue reading

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QUEER LIVERPOOL(NOW):A REFLECTION ON HOULBROOK:”QUEER LONDON”; AND IN ANTICIPATION OF HIS FORTHCOMING TALK ON THE BOOK AND THE ACCOMPANYING CRITICAL DISCUSSION. BY STEVEN BENSON

Inspired by this quotation from Matt Houlbrouk:”Queer London”(2005);”…a complex spatial poetics…”(p.46). Reading a gay male history book, wonderfully detailed and alive, about the way in which gay men configured, re-configured and negotiated their vexed, but sometimes joyous, communitarian ways through … Continue reading

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PHENOMENOLOGY: SEBALD,HUSSERL,AHMED, IAN EVERTON, BOY GEORGE /”TRADEMARK”

“Spaces are like a second skin that unfolds in the folds of the body”(Sara Ahmed,”Queer Phenomenology”, 2006, p.9) ……………………………………………………… This is interesting:…..Sebald’s protagonists are often overtly DISorientated are often emmigrants, or in exile, or Jewish, or homosexual, or Jewish AND … Continue reading

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MY GAY/QUEER, CAFE (-TABLE) PHENOMENOLOGY.A PHILOSOPHICAL POEM. BY STEVEN BENSON

I sit at a Cafe Table And Interpret from my own Consciousness OUTWARDS and INWARDS Towards And Away from That Table,that Object. Yes, it IS Materially, An object (A table); But from MY individual Psycho-Social Perspective From and To it, … Continue reading

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