3 years ago

Neoliberal values & queer/disability in Margarita with a Straw

Ryan A. D'Souza, Jessica S. Rauchberg
Margarita with a Straw is an Indian movie about a queer/disabled woman exploring her sexuality. The article uses textual analysis with a discursive formation approach to analyze how the protagonist's queer/disabled identity is constituted vis-à-vis intimate partnerships alongside the promotion of neoliberal values. One relationship with an able-bodied white man takes place within a caregiving dynamic that challenges her independence. The other relationship with a disabled South Asian woman creates an interdependence that bifurcates their identities as disabled-and-queer. The article argues that the promotion of neoliberal values in the context of queer/disability is about independence from dependence on sociopolitical systems.

Publisher URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17513057.2020.1739318

DOI: 10.1080/17513057.2020.1739318

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