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Brown Bag: Chris Barcelos
September 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Queer Barriers: Safer Sex Technologies and the Politics of Risk
In this talk I combine archival and interview-based research with the lens of feminist science studies to interrogate the politics of queer safer sex technologies. Focusing on the use of gloves and dental dams, I argue that rather than merely preventing the transmission of microbes these technologies mobilize a particular set of politics surrounding risk and identity. In addition to claiming a space for the legitimacy of queer sex and nonnormative bodies, gloves and dams constitute a queer community ethics of care. Nevertheless, their use reifies the containment of queer bodies and the governmentality of safer sex promotion.
Chris Barcelos is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UW Madison. Chris’ work uses ethnography, discourse analysis, and visual methods to investigate the politics of health promotion.