That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation

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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 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, commodified, and hyperobjectified 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?”

  • Table of Contents:
    • Dykes and fags want everything : dreaming the gay liberation front / Ferd Eggan
    • Queering the underground / Daniel Burton-Rose
    • It's all about class / Tommi Avicolli Mecca
    • Sites of resistance or sites of racism? / Priyank Jindal
    • Fighting to win / Dean Spade
    • Gay art guerrillas : interview with Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman / Stephen Kent Jusick
    • More Abercrombie than activist?/ Kaila Kuban and Chris Grinnell
    • Choice cuts / Charlie Anders
    • Legalized sodomy is political foreplay / Patrick Califia
    • Queer parents : an oxymoron? Or just moronic? / Stephanie Schroeder
    • Never a bridesmaid, never a bride / Carol Queen
    • Is gay marriage racist? / Marlon M. Bailey, Priya Kandaswamy, and Mattie Udora Richardson
    • Sylvia and Sylvia's children : a battle for a queer public space / Benjamin Shepard
    • Unsuitable for children / Gina De Vries
    • Revolting / Josina Manu Maltzman
    • A tragic love story, or The love affair as defining moment, or The love affair that never happened / Reginald Lamar
    • Inside the box / Neil Edgar
    • Riding radio to choke the IMF / Blake Nemec and SalMonella
    • Sexing up the conflict / Query
    • Vitoglio vs. the Drapetomania syndrome / Dr. Ralowe Trinitrotoluene Ampu
    • Sex, gender, and letters to myself / Elias seMbessakwini
    • Dr. Laura, sit on my face / Rocko Bulldagger
    • Calling all restroom revolutionaries! / Simone Chess ... [et al.]
    • That incredible exhilaration : an interview with Jim Eigo from the ACT UP oral history project/ Sarah Schulman
    • Fed up queers / Jennifer Flynn and Eustacia Smith
    • Gay shame : from queer autonomous space to direct action extravaganza / Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
    • Stripping for the movement/ Eustacia Smith Stayin' alive : trans survival and struggle on the streets of Philadelphia / Michelle O'Brien
    • Getting to the root / Jesse Heiwa
    • Corroding our quality of life / Justin Anton Rosado
    • Dealing discourse : drugs and the (re)invention of resistance / Eric Stanley.
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  • Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of three novels and a memoir, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her memoir, The End of San Francisco, won a Lambda Literary Award, and her anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her novel Sketchtasy was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2018. Her book The Freezer Door is out now. Maggie Nelson says it's "a book about not belonging that made me feel deeply less alone."
  • Publisher: Soft Skull; Revised edition (May 28, 2008)
  • Weight: 15.7 ounces
  • Size: 6.1 x 0.91 x 8.98 inches
  • Paperback: 360 pages

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