Greta LaFleur, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University, accused 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten, of being “culturally heterosexual” in a blog post, despite the couple being gay. She made this assertion following a photo of Pete and his husband on the cover of TIME magazine.
In the first paragraph, LaFleur attacks the couple for being white, stating…
“This photo also tells a profound story about whiteness, above and beyond the fact that almost everything in this photo is, itself, white.”
Following, she ties Pete’s and his husband’s “whiteness” to heterosexuality, claiming…
“… the argument I am making, of course, is that this photo is about a lot of things, but one of its defining features is its heterosexuality. It’s offering us the promise that our first gay first family might actually be a straight one.”
At the end of the piece, she argues that Pete’s strategy may be one that helps Democrats regain control of the White House: being white, politically moderate, and gay.
“And perhaps this is heterosexuality at its immaterial and strategic best, a heterosexuality that could take back the Presidency for the Democrats: being white, centrist, and without women.”
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