Homosexual Desire (Series Q) by Guy Hocquenghem

By Guy Hocquenghem

Initially released in 1972 in France, man Hocquenghem's gay wish has turn into a vintage in homosexual concept. Translated into English for the 1st time in 1978 and out of print because the early Nineteen Eighties, this re-creation, with an creation by way of Michael Moon, will make to be had this very important and nonetheless appropriate paintings to modern audiences. Integrating psychoanalytic and Marxist concept, this ebook describes the social and psychic dynamics of what has end up referred to as homophobia and on how the "homosexual" as social being has turn out to be constituted in capitalist society.
Significant as one of many earliest items of the foreign homosexual liberation stream, Hocquenghem's paintings was once inspired via the intense energies unleashed by way of the political upheavals of either the Paris "May Days" of 1968 and the homosexual and lesbian political rebellions that happened in towns worldwide within the wake of recent York's Stonewall riots of June 1969.
Drawing at the theoretical paintings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and at the shattering results of innumerable homosexual "comings-out," Hocquenghem critiqued the influential types of the psyche and sexual hope derived from Lacan and Freud. the writer additionally addressed the relation of capitalism to sexualities, the dynamics of anal wish, and the political results of homosexual group-identities.
Two a long time after its visual appeal, gay hope is still a thrilling research of capitalist societies' pervasive fascination with, and violent worry of, same-sex hope and addresses concerns that stay hugely charged and efficient ones for queer politics.

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Hocquenghem quotes Freud's remark that "the anal becomes the symbol of all that must be dismissed from [the individual's] life" . The conclusion is that homosexual desire is the operation of a desiring machine "plug­ ged into the anus" . Clearly, what Hocquenghem is suggesting cannot have a literal meaning (as he says, the empirical evidence does not bear this out) ; the intention is to suggest the symbolic consequence of the dominance of the Phallus. He uses it to argue that since the anus has been privatised by capitalist/phallic domination, we need to "group" it, which means, in effect, to reject the indivi­ dualised notion of homosexuality as a problem.

For an interpretation of Freud heavily influenced by Lacan, see Octave Mannoni, Freud: The Theory of the Unconscious, London, New Left Books, 1 97 1 . 6 . See Louis Althusser, op. ; "On Ideology", in Working Papers on Cultural Studies, Birmingham ( 1977 edition); Ideology and Consciousness No. 1, May 1977; Papers on Patriarchy, Women's Publishing Collective, Lewes, 1977. 7 . Juliet Mitchell, op. , p. xvi. 8. Louis Althusser, Lenin and Philosophy, p. 1 98. 9. Henri Lefebvre, The Survival of Capitalism, London, Allison and Busby, 1 976, p.

9. Henri Lefebvre, The Survival of Capitalism, London, Allison and Busby, 1 976, p. 34. 10. Michel Foucault, Histoire de la sexualite vol. 1 : La volonte de savoir, Paris, GaHimard, 1976. An introduction to the ideas con­ 1. tained in this work can be found in Colin Gordon, "Birth of the Subject", in 1 1. 12. 13. Radical Philosophy, 17, Summer critique see Ken Plummer, "The Homosexual no. 1 06, London, 1 976. Juliet Mitchell, op. , p. xviii. For a discussion of this see Mary Mcintosh, Sociology", in 14.

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