This presentation presents a case study of four SNL sketches parodying the 2008 Presidential election, with particular focus on Tina Fey's impression of Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler's impression of Hilary Clinton, paying special attention to Identity Theft, Same-Gender Drag and Conceptual Differences between political and comedic spaces.
This presentation argues that Bikini Kill and Pussy Riot re-imagined the boundaries of performer/audience interaction and the relationship between live performance and activism by employing shock and chaos in order to establish a rift between themselves and the expected. More specifically, causing immense and total discomfort becomes a way for both bands to undermine macho aggression both within and outside of punk communities.
Using The Guide to Getting It On and The Joy of Sex, this paper explores the ways in which sex guides address queer identities. The arguments presented rely on queer theory, particularly the work of Annamarie Jagose and Eve Sedgewick, to understand queer as an unstable and dynamic category of identity. The paper then turns to The Guide to Getting It On and The Joy of Sex to examine how sex guides uphold hegemonic standards of heterosexuality and whiteness and further marginalize queer identities and people of color, arguing that sex guides cannot account for queer identities and are inherently exclusionary even when they aim to be inclusive.