chapter  9
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Queering the Inorganic

This chapter relates the strategies of resistance in funeral rituals among gay identified men in Sweden to the so-called anti-social strand in queer theory represented by Lee Edelman. He therefore thinks that queer theory should try to resist all attempts to make the queer comprehensible and meaningful. Queer is thus the opposite of the Child and challenges the heteronormative society's quasi-religious hope for a future fusion, securing eternal life. In this "secular theology" the queer can never be regarded as anything but egoistic, destructive, and without a future in short: death. Another way of dealing with the death of gay men in a heteronormative culture, relates to how the dying person and his survivors persisted in their claims that the homosexual was a loss worth mourning. Whereas ideal heterosexuality symbolizes social and life-giving acts making the future possible, homosexual sex, at its core, is non-reproductive. Edelman tends to substantiate the idea of reproductive futurism which ironically makes him heteronormative.