That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation

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Mattilda Bernstein 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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An absolutely fantastic set of essays with a little bit of everything. Other reviewers have said what I would say better, so I'll leave it at that. Read full review

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And this was how I discovered there were queers even farther to the left than I am. (I didn't realize that was possible.) A collection of essays by radical queers, some talking about their personal ... Read full review

Contents

challenging the tyranny of sweatshopproduced rainbow flags and participatory patriarchy Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
1
Dreaming with the Gay Liberation Front Ferd Eggan
11
Queering the Underground Daniel BurtonRose
19
Its All About Class Tommi Avicolli Mecca
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Sites of Resistance or Sites of Racism? Priyank Jindal
39
Fighting to Win Dean Spade
47
Interview with Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman Stephen Kent Jusick
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More Abercrombie Than Activist? Kaila Kuban and Chris Grinnell
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Riding Radio to Choke the IMF Blake Nemec and SalMonella
162
Sexing up the Conflict Query
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Vitoligo vs the Drapetomania Syndrome Dr Ralowe Trinitrotoluene Ampu DDS
188
Sex Gender and Letters to Myself Elias seMbessakwini
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Dr Laura Sit on My Face Rocko Bulldagger
213
Calling All Restroom Revolutionaries Simone Chess Alison Kafer Jessi Quizar and Mattie Udora Richardson
216
An Interview with Jim Eigo fromThe ACT UP Oral History Project Sarah Schulman
237
Fed Up Queers Jennifer Flynn and Eustacia Smith
249

Choice Cuts Charlie Anders
87
Legalized Sodomy is Political Foreplay Patrick Califia
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An Oxymoron? Or Just Moronic? Stephanie Schroeder
100
Never a Bridesmaid Never a Bride Carol Queen
105
Is Gay Marriage Racist? Marlon M Bailey Priya Kandaswamy and Mattie Udora Richardson
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A Battle for a Queer Public Space Benjamin Shepard
123
Unsuitable for Children Gina de Vries
141
Revolting Josina Manu Maltzman
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IA Tragic Love Story or The Love Affair As Defining Moment or The Love Affair That Never Happened Reginald Lamar
152
Inside the Box Neil Edgar
158
From Queer Autonomous Spaceto Direct Action Extravaganza Matilda Bernstein Sycamore
268
Stripping for the Movement Eustacia Smith
296
Trans Survival and Struggle on the Streets of Philadelphia Michelle OBrien
305
Getting the Root Jesse Heiwa
312
Corroding our Quality of Life Justin Anton Rosado
317
Drugs and the Reinvention of Resistance Eric Stanley
329
Bios
337
Acknowledgments
347
About the Author
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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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