Just Think, Your Tax Money Might be Financing Her Student Aid
From the Vermont Cynic at the University of Vermont:
Art exhibit “Marriage = Death: A Transqueer Critique of Homonormativity” raises awareness about LGBTQA politics and represents queer art in the Burlington community.
In the exhibit, senior Hannah Melton combines raw, provocative text with objects to take a stance against mainstream queer stereotypes.
Chances are that most people who visit the exhibit will not have previous knowledge that mainstream queerness exists in the queer community, as well as in corporations, Hollywood and the political world.
“Homonormativity is when people who are not straight want to assimilate into hetero-institutions and are interested in fighting for rights, like marriage, that don’t necessarily benefit the queer community as a whole,” Melton said. “We need greater queer representation.”
The problems Melton described were magnified by the intensity of the surrounding exhibit.
Many of the pieces presented a queer critique of not only marriage, but also gender conformity and the mainstreaming of LGBTQA politics, bodies, and practices.
Dangling skeletons dressed in torn, rainbow colored linen announced “Just Buried” with Day of the Dead decor and dangling, crushed beer cans.
In the holy grail of Trojan pleasure, limp condoms hung precisely from a wooden board with a heart-shaped foam Valentine that read, “Want me, please me, use me, protect me.”
In case you're wondering, the 'Q' and 'A' in LGBTQA stand for "questioning" and "allies." And yes, if you read the piece closely, you'll notice a studious avoidance of any gendered pronouns -- they had to take those out after a complaint from Ms. Melton. One strains to imagine the fatigue of being so perpetually aggrieved.