Queer Theory Analysis

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James McDonald’s (2015) article “Organizational Communication Meets Queer Theory: Theorizing Relations of ‘Difference’ Differently” examined the benefits from the application of queer theory, especially in queer difference research. McDonald (2015) explored the roots of queer theory, the various criticisms these theories faced in the academic landscape, and how these theories paved the way for queer theory. Queer theory repackaged the concept of queerness from its previous negative connotations into something that stands for resistance to societal and cultural homogeneity, be it about race, gender, or other social identities (Littlejohn & Foss, 2009; McDonald, 2015).
Queer theory had various influences, from cultural feminism, standpoint feminism,
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Acceptance of diversity in identities such as sex, race, and even age is continuously being championed by queer theory. UP ICTUS advocates diversity ever since the start of its existence in 1981. Women, men, and people from the LGBT community are readily and whole-heartedly accepted, and no gender bias is shown in its ranks. Of course, the organization is still guided by their own constitution and members can run for office and hold positions in the executive committee; however for the most part, there is no impression of superiority among the members and volunteers. To further emphasize the quest of the organization to perpetuate equality within its members, the use of the words “ate” and “kuya,” which are Filipino terms used to denote seniority, are discouraged when used. Queer theory upholds the resistance of normativity and encourages the acceptance of practices considered as social deviance. In a way, this concept can also be applied in UP ICTUS. This organization sets itself apart from other religious organization in another way. Although it is still a predominantly Catholic organization and still adheres to Catholic teachings, UP ICTUS prides itself in accepting members and volunteers from other religions. Current members are composed of a combination of Roman Catholics, Born Again Christians,…show more content…
It is certainly interesting to analyse a religious organization through the lens provided by the concepts of queer theory. Still, UP ICTUS is an organization rooted in the Roman Catholic religion. And the Catholic Church did establish some standards on practices and activities which properly adhere to its teachings, thus perpetuating the concept of normativity in the religious community. To illustrate this, behaviour, practices, and attitudes of ICTUSians that are considered not that of a Catholic is frowned upon by the other members and the alumni. However, it must be noted that UP ICTUS is a student-led organization within the University of the Philippines, and the open and liberal ways of the organization could be because of the younger generation of members trying to change ways to fit in the current

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