Feminist and Queer Epistemologies beyond Academia and the Anglophone World: Political Intersectionality and Transfeminism in the Catalan Context

Authored by: Maria Rodó-de-Zárate

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472455482
eBook ISBN: 9781315613000
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043331

10.4324/9781315613000.ch18

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Abstract

The way in which ‘queer’ is pronounced in English sounds exactly the same as the Catalan word cuir. And cuir means ‘leather’. Pronouncing this word when conducting interviews with young lesbians in a small city close to Barcelona provokes a suspicious reaction: ‘What are you exactly asking me about …?’ In the Catalan context, ‘queer’ is mainly used in feminist and LGBT social movements and in academia. However, it is not a common word used to identify people or used for self-identification by lesbian, gay, bi or trans people. In the interviews I have conducted in Manresa, Catalonia (Rodó-de-Zárate, 2015), the concept usually came across as unknown. Significantly perhaps, only young lesbian activists were aware of what I was referring to.

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