What Are You Reading? (May 30-June 5)

One of the biggest stories this week was about the fact that PayPal founder Peter Thiel has been secretly funding the lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan against the website Gawker.  Thiel’s complaint is that Gawker ‘outed’ him as homosexual in 2007 (outed being in quotes because Thiel was open about his sexuality within Silicon Valley, although he was allegedly trying to prevent some investors and socially conservative acquaintances from learning about it).  Though this story has numerous free speech, public interest, and economic issues associated with it (including the role of dark money in the legal system), the role of ‘outing’ in our society has been overlooked in all the media coverage.  The questions of how sexuality is presented in our culture; how sexuality relates to other issues our society faces; and how outing affects the psychological, physical, and sociological well-being of people within society, are also important.  Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble is of course a cornerstone in the study of sexuality, but here are some other interesting works about sexuality and the practice of outing:

What are you reading?

 

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