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Coming Out as … MOGAI? The Weird and Dangerous World of Queer Feminism

Posted on | October 11, 2018 | 2 Comments


Today was National Coming Out Day, which I celebrated by reading feminist Tumblr blogs and a recent memoir by lesbian blogger Katie Heaney that I’ll be writing about at length later. Heaney’s story is interesting enough (if you consider “interesting” a synonym for pathetic or ludicrous) to deserve the 3,000-word treatment, and I don’t want to spoil it for you, so instead let’s talk about MOGAI and Queer Feminism.

The University of Western Washington in Bellingham offers a minor in Queer Studies, and one of the core classes in that program is Queer Literature (ENG227), taught by “Queer intersectional feminist” Professor Kelly Magee. In 2014, Professor Magee had her students post their class assignments to a blog, and one of the students contributed this:

LGBT+, Queer, and MOGAI — Why Does It Matter?
Throughout the course, many people have brought up the fact that LGBT is typically seen as an outdated term. For individuals of a marginalized sexual orientation, the trend has typically been towards calling our community “queer”. I think it’s interesting to note why these terms shift, and what is considered correct.
The term “queer” initially began as a slur or epithet. This was a word specifically designed to hurt people and put them down for experiencing different sexual and romantic attractions. Many people have reclaimed this term for plenty of different reasons — for political reasons, to give a unified umbrella term for marginalized orientations, or to avoid the messy “alphabet soup” of LGBTQIAPDG+. The LGBT term typically fetishizes the L, focuses on the G, and ignores the B and T entirely. Not to mention the fact that it fails to include pansexual, asexual, genderqueer/fluid, demisexual, and intersex people, as well as a multitude of other sexual orientations and gender identities. Additionally, people tend to think that A stands for ally, instead of asexual, which tends to give straight people access to queer communities.
Many people have elected to use the term MOGAI instead. This stands for Marginalized Orientation, Gender And Intersex. This allows everyone who identifies as queer to be united under a single term, without this term being a slur or focusing on one identity. This also includes intersex individuals, a group that receives a large amount of discrimination and a very small amount of public awareness.
I would like to see this class as a whole move towards discussions based not specifically on gay issues, but the issues of many sexual orientations and gender identities. It is important to note that queer readings of literature can include gender identity and expression as well, not simply a homosexual vs. heterosexual or male vs. female dichotomy.

“MOGAI” opens Pandora’s Box, because what does it mean to say that someone’s sexuality or gender identity is “marginalized”? There are all kinds of kinky freaks out there among the millions and millions of men who are not homosexual. It was the interests (not to mention the money) of homosexual men that originally brought “gay liberation” into existence circa 1969, and it was the AIDS crisis of the 1980s that made this movement an important constituency within the Democrat Party. Say what you want about lesbians or transgender people’s role in the gay-rights movement, but it was wealthy male homosexuals who had the political influence that guaranteed the movement’s success. Much of the energy of lesbian activism, meanwhile, was channeled into the feminist movement and university Women’s Studies programs

What has happened in recent years, because of the success of gay rights and feminism — especially in academia — is that a lot of weirdos and perverts who aren’t homosexual have decided that they, too, are “marginalized” in some way, and therefore deserving of inclusion in the rainbow-flag-waving coalition of people who have sexual “rights.”

See, if you’re a woman, you’ve got sexual “rights.” If you’re gay, you’ve got sexual “rights.” If you’re a heterosexual male? The only rights you’ve got are summarized by the Miranda warning: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you . . .”

This is where “MOGAI” comes in, by telling perverts — transvestites, BDSM weirdos, “furries,” whatever — they’re “part of the queer community” which, according to the trendy rhetoric of inclusion, has no argument for refusing admission to these freaks. MOGAI is a magnet for creeps, and “Queer Feminism” is a magnet for emotionally disturbed women, so when you put the two together, you’ve basically formed a Wolves and Sheep Alliance. Anyone familiar with human nature can predict how this will turn out. All a creepy dude has to do is get a weird haircut and some facial piercings, call himself MOGAI, and he has to be welcomed into the “movement,” because diversity!

My advice to any young person, especially on a university campus, is to avoid that whole freak show — Gender Studies, Queer Studies, LGBT activism — and instead hang out with sane, normal people. Even on the 21st-century university campus, there are still sane, normal people and, no matter what your preference or orientation, you’re going to be happier and safer hanging out with them than with those MOGAI weirdos.