Queer ecologies of home: heteronormativity, speciesism, and the strange intimacies of crazy cat ladies

  title={Queer ecologies of home: heteronormativity, speciesism, and the strange intimacies of crazy cat ladies},
  author={Will McKeithen},
  journal={Gender, Place \& Culture},
  pages={122 - 134}
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