THE SPANISH POLITICS OF MONSTROSITY: QUEER UFOs, FEMINAZIS, AND OTHER FANTASTIC CREATURES
García López, A.M.
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What is a monster? Whom or what characterizes monstrosity? This thesis explores how monstrosity is being depicted by the Spanish far-right political party, Vox. From a feminist and queer perspective this study seeks to analyze Vox’s political discourses about LGBTI and feminist people, exploring how family values, but especially the figure of the child, shapes certain lives as monstrous and not others. Hence, by taking the feminazi and Gaysper as case studies, figures that I discuss as Spanish monsters, the focus will be primarily on Vox’s narratives and, from there, it will be observed how contemporary political understandings of Spanish monstrosity are related to queerness. On the one hand, departing from these case studies, this research examines how the monster’s power is being used as a far-right political tool that intends to destroy feminism and LGBTI people by portraying queerness as a symbol of monstrosity; while, on the other hand, it also aims to question how the monster’s destructive power can be used as a queer empowering tool against that same destruction. Therefore, I propose various strategies that can be useful critical queer tools for working through patriarchal and nationalist violence. To do this, I finally suggest the re-appropriation of queer monstrosity and the embracing of queer negativity, which, through this thesis, I demonstrate to be (in)adequate resistance strategies for monstrous alliances.