Questions

Exhibit A:

As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny. Rather than consider these resentments separately, this article interrogates their relationship through the concept of petro-masculinity, which appreciates the historic role of fossil fuel systems in buttressing white patriarchal rule. Petro-masculinity is helpful to understanding how the anxieties aroused by the Anthropocene can augment desires for authoritarianism. The concept of petro-masculinity suggests that fossil fuels mean more than profit; fossil fuels also contribute to making identities, which poses risks for post-carbon energy politics. Moreover, through a psycho-political reading of authoritarianism, I show how fossil fuel use can function as a violent compensatory practice in reaction to gender and climate trouble.

Exhibit B:

Killing with drones produces queer moments of disorientation. Drawing on queer phenomenology, I show how militarized masculinities function as spatiotemporal landmarks that give killing in war its “orientation” and make it morally intelligible. These bearings no longer make sense for drone warfare, which radically deviates from two of its main axes: the home–combat and distance–intimacy binaries. Through a narrative methodology, I show how descriptions of drone warfare are rife with symptoms of an unresolved disorientation, often expressed as gender anxiety over the failure of the distance–intimacy and home–combat axes to orient killing with drones. The resulting vertigo sparks a frenzy of reorientation attempts, but disorientation can lead in multiple and sometimes surprising directions – including, but not exclusively, more violent ones. With drones, the point is that none have yet been reliably secured, and I conclude by arguing that, in the midst of this confusion, it is important not to lose sight of the possibility of new paths, and the “hope of new directions.”

Exhibit C is even nuttier.

Regarding Exhibit A, does this person know how much CO2 is in the air? Regarding Exhibits A and B, why does this person have a job?

Fun bonus: we’re not going anywhere near the boring SCOTUS freak-out (did we say freak-out?), since the plot is so lame, but this is funny stuff, with the Peer Gynt and all; the lyrics are quite appropriate..

One Response to “Questions”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    re Exhibit A

    Global Warming. Is their nothing it can’t do?

    BTW, wth is “petro masculinity”?

    The amount of CO2 in the air is irrelevant if you are a True Believer and worship at the Church of Global warming.

    Re Exibit B:

    What is “queer phenomenology” or “spatiotemporal landmarks” or “symptoms of an unresolved disorientation”

    What does this mean? “often expressed as gender anxiety over the failure of the distance–intimacy and home–combat axes to orient killing with drones. The resulting vertigo sparks a frenzy of reorientation attempts, ”

    This is unfettered ignorance. The emperor has no clothes.

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