Tuesday, January 08, 2013
At the City University here in NYC, CLAGS has reported that its April conference on Homonationalism and Pinkwashing is already sold out. These topics--mysterious to most people, even well-informed ones--seem to be the latest enthusiasm among Queer Theorists and the anti-imperialist wing of the gay left. Ostensibly, Pinkwashing is the effort by the supporters of Israel to gain support by spreading knowledge about the progay policies in that country. Since Israel's policies in this area are progressive (unlike those in some other areas) the grounds for this critique seem poorly chosen. However, Pinkwashing is said to be but one facet in a larger problem, that of Homonationalism, as defined by Jasbir Puar, a professor at Rutgers University. According to one summary this is her concept.