Guillotine #5: [Censorship & Homophobia], by Eve Kosofksy Sedgwick

“It is speech and visibility that legitimate us. It is speech and visibility that give us any political power that we have”: A richly personal and incisive essay from one of the most important critical theorists of the twentieth century on free speech, homophobia, and violence. As relevant now as it was the year it was written.

It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest honors of my life to bring to you this previously unpublished 1990 essay from a writer whose work has altered and enriched the way so many people look at the world. Funny, fierce, hugely brilliant, it's one hell of a piece of writing. I'm deeply grateful to Eve's husband Hal Sedgwick for permission to publish it, to the New York City Anti-Violence Project for access to their archives, which were invaluable in footnoting the essay, and to all of you for reading, and for your ongoing support of Guillotine. This one is really special.

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