Homosexual Desire (Series Q)

Homosexual Desire (Series Q)

Guy Hocquenghem

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0822313847

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Originally published in 1972 in France, Guy Hocquenghem's Homosexual Desire has become a classic in gay theory. Translated into English for the first time in 1978 and out of print since the early 1980s, this new edition, with an introduction by Michael Moon, will make available this vital and still relevant work to contemporary audiences. Integrating psychoanalytic and Marxist theory, this book describes the social and psychic dynamics of what has come to be called homophobia and on how the "homosexual" as social being has come to be constituted in capitalist society.
Significant as one of the earliest products of the international gay liberation movement, Hocquenghem's work was influenced by the extraordinary energies unleashed by the political upheavals of both the Paris "May Days" of 1968 and the gay and lesbian political rebellions that occurred in cities around the world in the wake of New York's Stonewall riots of June 1969.
Drawing on the theoretical work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and on the shattering effects of innumerable gay "comings-out," Hocquenghem critiqued the influential models of the psyche and sexual desire derived from Lacan and Freud. The author also addressed the relation of capitalism to sexualities, the dynamics of anal desire, and the political effects of gay group-identities.
Homosexual Desire remains an exhilarating analysis of capitalist societies' pervasive fascination with, and violent fear of, same-sex desire and addresses issues that continue to be highly charged and productive ones for queer politics.

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latent homosexuality so beloved of psychoanalysts corres­ ponds to the oppression of patent homosexu ality ; and we find the greatest charge of latent homosexuality in those social machines which are particularly anti-homosexual - the army, the school, the church, sport, etc. At the collective level, this sublimation is a means of transforming desire into the desire to repress. 72 3 "DISGUSTING PERVERTS . . . " The psychiatrisation of homosexuality has not taken the place of penal

lesbian and gay writers of color­ Audre Lorde, Kobena Mercer, Essex Hemphill, and many oth­ ers-in the critique of relations of power and desire within and beyond the same-sex institutions they and we inhabit. The phrase "homosexual desire" as a title for this book is itself a kind of self-misrecognition, perhaps designedly so; for one of the book's tenets, counter-intuitive-sounding to a generation of readers brought up on ego-psychologies of various stripes, as its first audience had been, is

between public and private, between the individual and the social, will be out of place. We can find traces of this state of primary sexual communism in some of the institutions of the homosexual ghetto, despite all the repressions and guilty reconstructions which these undergo : in Turkish baths, for · example, where homosexual desires are plugged in anonymously, in spite of ever-present fears that the police may be present. The group­ ing of the anus is not open to sublimation, it

object-choice ; it acts as a feedback to the latter, as if testifying to the strength of the connection between 1 19 sexual drive and sexual object. The sophism of the "accursed race" , and of homosexu al perversion as a whole, lies in the fact that the word "virile" describes anyone who is not "queer", is the phallus, while the "queer'' is the penis lover, and the penis i.e. the organ of virility ; and so the circle of impossible loves is closed. The primacy of genitality emerges double

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