Stalin and queer theory

Comrade Joe seems to have been a man of more talents than one might imagine. From time to time, he offers observations on nothing less than queer theory. For example:

Is it not strange that our theoreticians have not yet taken the trouble to explode this queer theory? (Works, vol. 12, p. 154)

This is actually somewhat ambiguous: does he wish to debunk queer theory, or does he encourage queer theory to ‘explode’ assumed positions?

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2 thoughts on “Stalin and queer theory

  1. Well, this text was translated decades ago when in your language word ‘queer’ didn’t yet mean ‘gay’, so the translator took its literal meaning ‘strange, weird’ (this is exactly what Stalin said). Today it would have been translated as ‘weird theory’.

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