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This chapter explores the ways in which escape emerges in queer narratives of pleasure, from the coming-out story, to the public sex scenario of the glory hole, and finally to the pleasure gardening of artist Tourmaline. White fantasies of sexual escape in queer theory have often appeared as moments of self-shattering and jouissance, momentary escapes from the trap of being. Looking to what Saidiya Hartman calls “escape subsistence,” pleasure and sensuality emerge as cultivating practices of cultivation and cohabitation apart from the architectures of enclosure.

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