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Queer Teenagers and the Mediation of Utopian Catastrophe
Critical Studies in Media Communication (2010)
  • Jeffrey A. Bennett, University of Iowa
Abstract

Recent cover stories about queer teenagers mark a noticeable shift in the discourse surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) publics. Contemporary media reports have repositioned the multifarious identities of queer teens as sites of unease for contemporary queer politics. Employing a framework that emphasizes the dialogical relationship among the tropes of utopia and apocalypse to scrutinize media coverage, this analysis explores the anxieties and possibilities generated by queer teens. Young queers are simultaneously understood as both political separatists from earlier movements, as well as disinterested assimilationists. The thematics of sexual fluidity and neoliberal individualism are highlights of this discourse, each being carefully tempered by the cultural force of assimilation.

Keywords
  • Queer Teens,
  • Utopia,
  • Apocalypse,
  • assimilation,
  • fluidity
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Publication Date
2010
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Citation Information
Jeffrey A. Bennett. "Queer Teenagers and the Mediation of Utopian Catastrophe" Critical Studies in Media Communication Vol. 27 Iss. 5 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeffrey_bennett/35/