The Sleepover Club: We're Back! What's The Deal With Queerbaiting?

HIYA! We're back from our summer break! We've missed you! This episode we're discussing queerbaiting. Why are we all obsessed with it? Where did the term even come from? And is it fair to assume that anyone who isn't openly out is performing queerness as opposed to living it?

We're unpacking why queerbaiting is the discourse that just wont go away, and whether criticising people in the public eye who perform queerness is really a valuable use of our time. From capitalism and controversy to gatekeeping and why queer people are either fetishised or sanitised — we're discussing whether calling out queerbaiting is activism, or just the unnecessary policing of other people's behaviour.

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