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Banning Queer Blood

Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance

Jeffrey A. Bennett (author)

ISBN: 9780817358518

Publication Date: Sep 2015

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Frames blood donation as a performance of civic identity closely linked to the meaning of citizenship. However, with the advent of AIDS came the notion of blood donation as a potentially dangerous process. Bennett argues that the US Food and Drug Administration, by employing images that specifically depict gay men as contagious, has categorized gay men as a menace to the nation.
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In Banning Queer Blood, Jeffrey Bennett frames blood donation as a performance of civic identity closely linked to the meaning of citizenship. However, with the advent of AIDS came the notion of blood donation as a potentially dangerous process. Bennett argues that the Food and Drug Administration, by employing images that specifically depict gay men as contagious, has categorized gay men as a menace to the nation. The FDA's ban on blood donation by gay men remains in effect and serves to propagate the social misconceptions about gay men that circulate within both the straight and gay communities today.

Bennett explores the role of scientific research cited by these banned-blood policies and its disquieting relationship to government agencies, including the FDA. Bennett draws parallels between the FDA's position on homosexuality and the historical precedents of discrimination by government agencies against racial minorities. The author concludes by describing the resistance posed by queer donors, who either lie in order to donate blood or protest discrimination at donation sites, and by calling for these prejudiced policies to be abolished.
Illustrations 1 map, 5 tables
Pages 208
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2015
Publisher The University of Alabama Press
Series Rhetoric Culture and Social Critique Series
Subject/s Gay & Lesbian studies  
Jeffrey A. Bennett is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, USA. He has published articles in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Critical Studies in Media Communication, The Journal of Homosexuality, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Text and Performance Quarterly.

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