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That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation

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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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vmars, January 26, 2013 (view all comments by vmars)
It took me a long time to find this book, but finally I did, and it was well worth the wait! "That's Revolting" is a series of radical queer essays outlining a bold and vibrant history of queer activism and lamenting the current state of queer organisations such as Human Rights Watch who seemingly care only for rich, white, male gay man's interests.

This book confronts the elephant in the room: "gay marriage" doesn't benefit all queers equally and it doesn't guarantee equality. Moreover, it certainly doesn't confront intersectional queer issues such at racism, sexism, and ableism. Why has the discussion changed in the past several decades to have such a strong focus on "marriage equality" when marriage in itself is a problematic and patriarchal institution? Don't revise marriage with a narrow provision allowing same-sex couples to marry (while still excluding many in the queer community, such as those in polyamorous relationships) -- get rid of the institution entirely!

My favorite essay, and perhaps one of the milder pieces in the anthology, was "Calling all restroom revolutionaries!", which outlines the strategy that one university used to help make the restrooms on their campus more accessible and safer spaces. The formed a committee called "PISSAR", or, "People In Search of Safe and Assessible Restrooms". Throughout, the essay also explores why it is that restrooms are seen as spaces that are not worthy of academic discourse or reform based on the things that people do in them, and how their teams set about to raise awareness about the issue.

You don't have to agree with everything in this book (I certainly didn't), but it provides many thought provoking essays and a lot of material to chew on. I'd highly recommend this book for a queer book group or for any budding radical activist.
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Susan Wiget, November 12, 2009 (view all comments by Susan Wiget)
The word “radical” does not mean “extreme” but rather “going to the root.” That is, being radical is about going to the root of the problem, the root of our patriarchal a.k.a. dominator society, finding solutions for overthrowing it, and living as much as possible outside of the dominant system. During the same-sex marriage debate, I kept reflecting on how marriage was invented for the purpose of enslaving women. I kept signing petitions in favor of gay marriage while feeling apprehensive and wondering why lesbians, especially, would want to participate in such a patriarchal establishment.

Reading the anthology That’s Revolting was a great relief, because it proves that many people see things the same way I do, from a radical point of view rather than a liberal point of view. That’s Revolting is for those who want a nonviolent revolution, not a white picket fence and a house in suburbia. It is for those who question the American dream rather than gobble up capitalism, respectability, or the nuclear family lifestyle. It is for those who wish to overthrown marriage and the military, not participate in them. This diverse anthology is social criticism, inspiration, words of reassurance that radical activism continues, and a call to action.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781593761950
Author:
Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Gays
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Assimilation (sociology)
Subject:
Gays -- United States -- Identity.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Revised and Rev
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photos and illustrations throughou
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18 oz

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