That's revolting! : queer strategies for resisting assimilation

by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Paper Book, 2008



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Brooklyn : Soft Skull Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2008.


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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member thedefinitefraggle
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 experiences living far outside of the mainstream, others talking about activism. (My favorite essay was the one detailing attempts to make bathrooms more disabled- and trans-friendly.) Aimed towards an activist (current or potential) rather than an academic audience, the essays are readable, sassy and generally fun, though at times the constantly brassy, "hell yeah!" tone wore thin for me and I hungered for a little ambivalence and introspection. If you're not on the same page, politically, as the contributors, you might find some of these essays challenging and even obnoxious -- I personally have a love/hate with the whole Gay Shame ethos (google it) -- but you definitely won't be bored.… (more)
LibraryThing member Urbandale
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.


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350 p.; 23 cm


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