That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation

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Mattilda Sycamore
Soft Skull Press, Apr 22, 2008 - Social Science - 360 pages
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As the growing gay mainstream prioritizes the attainment of straight privilege over all else, it drains queer identity of any meaning, relevance, or cultural value. What's more, queers remain under attack: Gay youth shelters can be vetoed because they might reduce property values. Trannies are out because they might offend straights. That's Revolting! offers a bracing tonic to these trends. Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, That's Revolting! collects timely essays such as "Dr. Laura, Sit on My Face," "Gay Art Guerrillas," and "Queer Parents: An Oxymoron Or Just Plain Moronic?" by unrepentant activists like Patrick Califia, Kate Bornstein, and Carol Queen. This updated edition contains seven new selections that cover everything from rural, working-class youth in Massachusetts to gay life in New Orleans to the infamous Drop the Debt/Stop AIDS action in New York. This lively composite portrait of cutting-edge queer activism is a clarion call for anyone who questions the value of becoming the Stepford Homosexual.
 

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Contents

CHURCH STATE ACID TRIPS THE MERRYGOROUND
9
Queering the Underground
19
Its All About Class
29
Sites of Resistance or Sites of Racism?
39
Fighting to
47
Interview with Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman
54
More Abercrombie Than Activist?
74
Choice Cuts
87
Inside the
158
Sexing up the Conflict
174
Vitoligo vs the Drapetomania Syndrome
188
Sex Gender and Letters to Myself
199
PISS TRANSNATIONAL CAPITAL LICE REMOVER THE PIERS
211
Fed Up Queers
249
From Queer Autonomous Space
268
Stripping for the Movement
296

An Oxymoron? Or Just Moronic?
100
Is Gay Marriage Racist?
113
A Battle for a Queer Public Space
123
Unsuitable for Children
141
Revolting
147
Trans Survival and Struggle on the Streets of Philadelphia
305
Getting to the Root
312
Drugs and the Reinvention of Resistance
322
Bios
337
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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, is the author of a novel, Pulling Taffy (Suspect Thoughts), and the editor of Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients (Haworth 2000), Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving (Haworth, 2003), and Nobody Passes (Seal Press, Jan 2007). Her writing has been widely published, in places as diverse as Best American Erotica, Best American Gay Fiction, Women and Performance, and Slingshot. She is an instigator of Gay Shame: the Virus in the System, the radical queer activist group that celebrates resistance by fighting the monster of assimilation.

Mattilda lives in San Francisco, but regularly tours nationally: in the past, she has appeared in independent bookstores, community centers, performance venues and universities including Yale, Brown, University of Chicago, DePauw, NYU, UCLA, University of Massachusetts, Mills College, Antioch, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, UC Santa Cruz, Georgetown University and others.

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