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"What Lips These Lips Have Kissed": Refiguring the Politics of Queer Public Kissing

dc.contributor.authorSloop, John M., 1963-
dc.contributor.authorMorris, Charles E., 1969-
dc.identifier.citationMorris, Charles E. and John Sloop. "'What Lips These Lips Have Kissed': Refiguring the Politics of Queer Public Kissing." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 3.1 (2006): 1-26.en
dc.description.abstractIn 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.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis is an electronic version of an article published in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 3.1 (2006): 1-26. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies is available online at:
dc.publisherNational Communication Association (U.S.)en
dc.subject.lcshKissing -- Political aspectsen
dc.subject.lcshGay men in mass mediaen
dc.subject.lcshMoral panicsen
dc.title"What Lips These Lips Have Kissed": Refiguring the Politics of Queer Public Kissingen
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts & Science
dc.description.departmentDepartment of Communications Studies

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