Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Homonormativity and Body Politics within Neoliberal Higher Education
College of Arts and Sciences
With the rise of neoliberalism as the preferred model of how a university should be run, technical knowledge and vocationalization have become dominant practices within the classroom, leaving little to no room for cultural knowledge to grow. Because of this, practices such as heterosexism go unchallenged, and become dominant ideologies. This in turn creates and perpetuates homonormativity, or the right way to be gay, according to what is acceptable by social norms. Students’ ideas of what it means to have an “othered” sexual identity are mirrored in their beliefs on the legitimacy of queer studies in the university, a field where cultural knowledge is the only type of knowledge that is produced.
Kopper, Christina, "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Homonormativity and Body Politics within Neoliberal Higher Education" (2018). 2018 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. 129.