As queers our bodies are known to be particularly vulnerable: to disease, shame, violence, self-doubt and ostracization.
Indeed abuse, or the experience of abuse – both social and physical – could be considered constitutive of queer subjectivity.
For such subjects, experimentation is not some idle game but can emerge as a necessity – however steeped such experiments may be in risks and danger.
Despite such risks, testing out new ways of feeling the world can come to seem necessary if one wants to survive, if we want to make worlds and lives for ourselves that feel worth living
These experiments work better, their dangers maybe mitigated, when we find ways of conducting them safely and openly. That’s why so many work so hard to build and sustain collective arenas of care, play, disclosure, support, curiosity, adventure and scandalous pedagogy.