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By Jeffrey A. Bennett

ISBN-10: 081735851X

ISBN-13: 9780817358518

In Banning Queer Blood, Jeffrey Bennett frames blood donation as a functionality of civic id heavily associated with the that means of citizenship. despite the fact that, with the arrival of AIDS got here the concept of blood donation as a almost certainly risky method. Bennett argues that the meals and Drug management, through making use of pictures that in particular depict homosexual males as contagious, has categorised homosexual males as a risk to the kingdom. The FDA's ban on blood donation via homosexual males is still in influence and serves to propagate the social misconceptions approximately homosexual males that circulation inside of either the immediately and homosexual groups today.

Bennett explores the function of clinical learn stated by means of those banned-blood rules and its disquieting courting to govt corporations, together with the FDA. Bennett attracts parallels among the FDA's place on homosexuality and the ancient precedents of discrimination through govt organisations opposed to racial minorities. the writer concludes through describing the resistance posed by means of queer donors, who both lie so one can donate blood or protest discrimination at donation websites, and by way of calling for those prejudiced regulations to be abolished.

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The notion of a monolithic blood that is not constrained by the divergence created by the races seems to be a continual part of our culture. 47 Clearly, there are important cultural, political, and social differences among the histories of Jewish people, African Americans, and queers (though, many people do occupy all of these identity categories). What remains parallel in their narratives is the degree to which their blood, and their identity, is always signified as more outrageous and dangerous than that of the majority group.

Accordingly, chapter 2 engages the symbolic significance of blood and its relationship to sexuality and national identity. Building off of a legal case in which a gay blood donor was charged with “negligent misrepresentation,” I argue that the image of the queer man in relation to blood and nationhood is always already condemned to such positioning. Using Foucault’s discussion of bio-politics to examine the rhetorical strategies of state discourses, I probe the fabrication of an idealized citizen that is placed in contrast to the imagined queer body.

In posing the question, “are you a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977,” there is more than mere exclusion transpiring. The very materialization of citizenship is being policed. If we agree with Foucault’s contention that “where there is power, there is resistance,” then focusing on this diabolical question highlights the very potential to disrupt the biopower of the state that subjects queer men as pollutants. The oversimplification that is constituted in this question is not only a source of discrimination and normalization, but a site of contestation and illumination.

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