The goal of destroying the white race is simply so desirable, it boggles the mind trying to understand how anyone could possibly object to it. Mainstream depictions of post-apocalyptic survival largely center on the archetypal figure of the male savior or hero, and advance a familiar patriarchal instrumentation of women’s bodies as vessels for the survival of the human species. We will still have residual white males that must be dealt with, but I am confident that we’ve won. But what alternate stories might we tell about the end, and how might a queer framework reshape our apocalyptic narratives?
The proposal to think queerly about the apocalypse is not an attempt to rescue apocalypse stories from the insidious reproduction of hegemonic relations; rather it is an opportunity to consider what queer approaches to survival at the end might offer to our rethinking of the present.
So what tools do we need for queer survival?