“What Lips These Lips Have Kissed”: Refiguring the Politics of Queer Public Kissing
DOI: 10.1080/14791420500505585
Title: “What Lips These Lips Have Kissed”: Refiguring the Politics of Queer Public Kissing
Journal Title: Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Volume: Volume 3
Issue: Issue 1
Publication Date: March 2006
Start Page: 1
End Page: 26
Published online: 6 Aug 2006
ISSN: 1479-1420
Author: Charles E. Morris* & John M. Sloop
Abstract: In this essay, we argue that man-on-man kissing, and its representations, have been insufficiently mobilized within apolitical, incremental, and assimilationist pro-gay logics of visibility. In response, we call for a perspective that understands man-on-man kissing as a political imperative and kairotic. After a critical analysis of man-on-man kissing's relation to such Politics, we discuss how it can be utilized as a juggernaut in a broader project of queer world making, and investigate ideological, political, and economic barriers to the creation of this queer kissing “visual mass.” We conclude with relevant implications regarding same-sex kissing and the Politics of visible pleasure.

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