Basing political activism on identity?

Kafer and Wilchins hold that basing political activism on identity doesn’t work for disabilities or gender, respectively. What reasons do they give? What sort of movements do they envision instead? Be sure to cite evidence from the texts to support your answer.

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The AIDS crisis and the birth of queer theory

You will write a 500-word essay on the ways in which you see AIDS setting the conditions for the development of Queer Theories. This is a topic we’ve discussed in class several times. The essay can draw on any sources you like, but obviously it should draw on the film. It is to be a speculative essay, your own ideas about how politics, economics, health, and other factors affect intellectual life.

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