Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity

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Seal Press, 2006 - Social Science - 354 pages
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Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. Nobody Passes explores and critiques the various systems of power seen (or not seen) in the act of “passing.” In a pass-fail situation, standards for acceptance may vary, but somebody always gets trampled on. This anthology seeks to eliminate the pressure to pass and thereby unearth the delicious and devastating opportunities for transformation that might create.
Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore, has a history of editing anthologies based on brazen nonconformity and gender defiance. Mattilda sets out to ask the question, “What lies are people forced to tell in order to gain acceptance as 'real'.” The answers are as varied as the life experiences of the writers who tackle this urgent and essential topic.
 

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Review: Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity

User Review  - Noemi - Goodreads

A really wonderful mix of essays about "passing" as different races, orientations, genders, etc, and the intersection of identities. I found the opening essay by Mattilda Sycamore to be a little too ... Read full review

Review: Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity

User Review  - Marty - Goodreads

This is broader than expected, but somehow I felt like I couldn't relate well enough. Read full review

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Contents

AN INTRODUCTION
7
INHABITING MIXED CONSCIOUSNESS ON THE MARGINS
20
A NONFICTION ADMISSION
38
WHOS THAT WAVIN THAT FLAG? ON THE SIGNS STORIES AND STRATEGIES OF THE CURRENT IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MOVEMENT
49
UNDERMINING GENDER REGULATION
64
PASSING LAST SUMMER
71
STATE PROTECTION AND THE BATTERED WOMENS MOVEMENT
83
FINDING MY WAY THROUGH GENERATIONS OF OKIE MIGRATION
95
PASSING LIFE IN PRISON
197
RACE HAUNTED OTHERWISE
208
WHY MAHMUD CANT BE A PILOT
218
F2MESTIZO
228
PERSEPHONE
236
HAT
243
GENDERFUCKING ON THE FEMME SIDE OF THE SPECTRUM
254
SURFACE TENSIONS
270

WHAT I LEARNED FROM BEING G MINUS IN THE WORLD OF HOMOHOP COMMERCE
112
NO LONGER JUST AMERICAN
127
THE END OF GENDERQUEER
137
MY KIND OF CRUISING
149
PINOS FATHER
159
TRANSPORTATION
173
MELCHIZEDEKS THREE RINGS
186
ORIGINS
284
LACK OF CLOSE FRIENDS OR CONFIDANTS
302
NOTES ON PASSING FOR MONOLINGUAL FOLK
307
NOT QUITE QUEER
318
NOTES
336
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