Queer African Reader/Libro Africanx de lectura jotx

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I’m so excited to read this book!  ¡Estoy muy entusiasmadx en leer este libro!

I have begun to read the introduction, and although I don’t use the word “queer”, largely since I see that it refers almost exclusively to politicized white non-heterosexual people in the U.S., I appreciate the definition that the editors, Sokari Ekine and Hakima Abbas provide in the introduction (p. 4) – “We use the term ‘queer’ here and in the title to denote a political frame rather than a gender identity or sexual behavior.  We use queer to underscore a perspective that embraces gender and sexual plurality and seeks to transform, overhaul and revolutionize African order rather than seek to assimilate into the oppressive hetero-patriarchal-capitalist frameworks.  Queer is our dissident stance, but we use it knowing the limitations of the terminology in relation to our African neocolonial realities.”  Ya comence a leer la introducción, y aunque no uso la palabra “queer”, más porque la veo usada casi exclusivamente para referirse a gente blanca no heterosexual en los EEUU, aprecio como la definen en la introducción lxs editorxs Sokari Ekine y Hakima Abbas – “Usamos el concepto ‘queer’ aca y en el titulo del libro para significar un marco político en lugar de una identidad de genero o de comportamiento sexual.  Usamos queer para subrayar una perspectiva cual abarca la pluralidad de genero y sexualidad y cual busca transformar, revisar, y hacer revolucionaria la orden Africana en vez de buscar asimilarse a los marcos heteros-patriarcales-capitalistas.  Ser jotx es nuestra posición de disidentes, pero lo usamos reconociendo los limites de esta terminología en el contexto de nuestras realidades Africanas neocoloniales.”

And Awino Okech in “‘In sisterhood and solidarity’: queering African feminist spaces” defines (p. 27) “Heteronormative is used here to refer to institutions, structures of understanding and practical orientations that make heterosexuality seem not only coherent, i.e. organized as sexuality, but also privileged.”

Y Awino Okech “‘En la hermanidad de mujeres y solidaridad’:  Jotiando espacios feministas africanos” define “Heteronormal se usa aca al referirse a las instituciones, las estructuras de entendimiento y las orientaciones practicas cuales hacen que la heterosexualidad parezca coherente, o sea organizada como sexualidad, y además privilegiada.”

Clear and crisp, I can’t wait to learn about queer African analyses and experiences! ¡Claro y escueto, estoy anciosx en aprender de las analises y experiencias jotxs Africanas!

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