Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity

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Matt Bernstein Sycamore
Basic Books, Jan 8, 2010 - Social Science - 320 pages
An anthology exploring the act of passing-as the "right" gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, body type, ethnicity, and beyond

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.

 

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User Review  - alwright1 - LibraryThing

This anthology includes a set of really diverse essays on negotiating all kinds of identities in all kinds of spaces. The editor included works on many, many types of passing in many types of settings ... Read full review

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User Review  - tmostman - LibraryThing

This is an amazing book! The essays are diverse and cover a lot intersections of race, gender, sexuality. This was an easily-readable and accessible collection, but they challenge the reader and require analysis - a very unique combination. I couldn't recommend this book enough. Read full review

Contents

An Introduction
Inhabiting Mixed
A Nonfiction Admission
WHOS THAT WAVIN THAT FLAG? On the Signs Stories
UNDERMINING GENDER REGULATION
State Protection
Finding My Way Through
LEARNED FROM BEING G MINUS IN THE WORLD
PINOS FATHER
TRANSPORTATION
MELCHIZEDEKS THREE RINGS
Passing Life in Prison
RACE HAUNTED OTHERWISE
WHY MAHMUD CANT BE A PILOT
SURFACE TENSIONS
LACK OF CLOSE FRIENDS OR CONFIDANTS

NO LONGER JUST AMERICAN
THE END OF GENDERQUEER
MY KIND OF CRUISING
NOTES
ABOUT THE EDITOR
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