That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation

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Soft Skull Press, 2004 - Social Science - 318 pages
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As the gay mainstream prioritizes the attainment of straight privilege over all else, it drains queer identity of any meaning, relevance, or cultural value, writes Matt Bernstein Sycamore, aka Mattilda, editor of That's Revolting!. This timely collection of essays by writers such as Patrick Califia, Kate Bornstein, Carol Queen, Charlie Anders, Benjamin Shepard, and others shows what the new queer resistance looks like. Intended as a fistful of rocks to throw at the glass house of Gaylandia, the book challenges the commercialized, commoditized, and hyper objectified view of gay/queer identity projected by the mainstream (straight and gay) media by exploring queer struggles to transform gender, revolutionize sexuality, and build community/family outside of traditional models. Essays include "Dr. Laura, Sit on My Face," "Gay Art Guerrillas," "Legalized Sodomy Is Political Foreplay," and "Queer Parents: An Oxymoron or Just Plain Moronic?"
 

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The word “radical” does not mean “extreme” but rather “going to the root.” That is, being radical is about going to the root of the problem, the root of our patriarchal a.k.a. dominator society, finding solutions for overthrowing it, and living as much as possible outside of the dominant system. During the same-sex marriage debate, I kept reflecting on how marriage was invented for the purpose of enslaving women. I kept signing petitions in favor of gay marriage while feeling apprehensive and wondering why lesbians, especially, would want to participate in such a patriarchal establishment.
Reading the anthology That’s Revolting was a great relief, because it proves that many people see things the same way I do, from a radical point of view rather than a liberal point of view. That’s Revolting is for those who want a nonviolent revolution, not a white picket fence and a house in suburbia. It is for those who question the American dream rather than gobble up capitalism, respectability, or the nuclear family lifestyle. It is for those who wish to overthrown marriage and the military, not participate in them. This diverse anthology is social criticism, inspiration, words of reassurance that radical activism continues, and a call to action.
 

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Contents

DR LAURA SIT ON MY FACE
9
ITS ALL ABOUT CLASS
13
SITES OF RESISTANCE OR SITES OF RACISM?
23
FIGHTING TO WIN
31
INTERVIEW WITH JIM HUBBARD AND SARAH SCHULMAN
39
CHOICE CUTS
59
LEGALIZED SODOMY IS POLITICAL FOREPLAY
65
AN OXYMORON? OR JUST MORONIC?
73
SEXING UP THE CONFLICT
151
VITOLIGO VS THE DRAPETOMANIA SYNDROME
165
SEX GENDER AND LETTERS TO MYSELF
177
PISS TRANSNATIONAL CAPITAL LICE REMOVER THE PIERS MARY STUFFEDUP TURKEYS AND RICKI LAKE
187
CALLING ALL RESTROOM REVOLUTIONARIES
189
DISCO QUEEN
207
A TRAGIC LOVE STORY OR THE LOVE AFFAIR AS DEFINING MOMENT OR THE LOVE AFFAIR THAT NEVER HAPPENED
209
PUNCH LINE OR PUNCHING BAG?
215

NEVER A BRIDESMAID NEVER A BRIDE
79
A CONVERSATION WITH MARLON M BAILEY PRIYA KANDASWAMY AND MATTIE UDORA RICHARDSON
87
BORDER SKIN PROBLEMS THE FEDS AND THE URBAN ECOVILLAGE OF YOUR DREAMS
95
A BATTLE FOR A QUEER PUBLIC SPACE
97
UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
113
PRAISE FOR THE PRANCY BOYS
121
REVOLTING
125
BISEXUALBIRACIAL PERSPECTIVES
131
INSIDE THE BOX
137
RIDING RADIO TO CHOKE THE IMF
141
FED UP QUEERS
219
FROM QUEER AUTONOMOUS SPACE TO DIRECT ACTION EXTRAVAGANZA
237
THE POLLINATORS TOOLBOX
263
GETTING TO THE ROOT
273
TRANS SURVIVAL AND STRUGGLE ON THE STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
279
CORRODING OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
287
DRUGS AND THE REINVENTION OF RESISTANCE
303
BIOS
307
NOTES
315
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