By Jeffrey A. Bennett
Bennett explores the position of medical learn stated through those banned-blood guidelines and its disquieting courting to executive businesses, together with the FDA. Bennett attracts parallels among the FDA's place on homosexuality and the old precedents of discrimination by means of executive businesses opposed to racial minorities. the writer concludes via describing the resistance posed through queer donors, who both lie that allows you to donate blood or protest discrimination at donation websites, and by way of calling for those prejudiced regulations to be abolished.
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In Banning Queer Blood, Jeffrey Bennett frames blood donation as a functionality of civic id heavily associated with the which means of citizenship. notwithstanding, with the appearance of AIDS got here the inspiration of blood donation as a in all probability risky method. Bennett argues that the foodstuff and Drug management, by means of applying photographs that particularly depict homosexual males as contagious, has labeled homosexual males as a risk to the kingdom.
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Articulating Abjection 31 ENACTING BIO-POWER / ENABLING CITIZENSHIP The last several centuries have witnessed a substantial change in how states regulate populations and exert influence over modes of reproduction. 13 Novel methods of disciplining bodies materialized in various establishments including medicine, education, and the law to “rationalize” problems posed by deviant populations and implement solutions for managing their presence. 14 Foucault identified two intertwined poles of development that were especially significant for the implementation of bodies working in the service of the state.
The discursive mechanisms that maintain the blood ban are rooted in contemporary recollections of the initial AIDS crisis. As such, gauging how the ban has been remembered in contemporary cultural rhetorics is the focus of the third chapter. Two primary media texts, And the Band Played On and Red Gold:The Epic Story of Blood, are incorporated to inspect how citizens are encouraged to recall the blood supply disasters of the early 1980s. Competing notions of queer sexuality permeate this memory, strongly mediated by gendered figures.
Even conscientious objectors to World War II have been remembered in relation to the sacrifice they offered to the country. As the advertising for one PBS special read, “Like combat soldiers, many conscientious objectors were willing to sacrifice themselves for their country. ”62 The centrality of sacrifice to American democracy is especially noteworthy here, as it suggests that blood need not be shed to contribute to the national efforts.