Synopses & Reviews
Activist-academic Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Jules Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking nonfiction graphic novel.
From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.
Along the way we look at key landmarks which shift our perspective of what’s ‘normal’ — Alfred Kinsey’s view of sexuality as a spectrum, Judith Butler’s view of gendered behaviour as a performance, the play Wicked, or moments in Casino Royale when we’re invited to view James Bond with the kind of desiring gaze usually directed at female bodies in mainstream media.
Presented in a brilliantly engaging and witty style, this is a unique portrait of the universe of queer thinking.
"Yanks the jargon of Foucault, Butler and a who’s who of philosophers down from the clouds and into simple, clear messages." Sydney Morning Herald
"Could totally change the way you think about sex and gender...an utterly un-dusty tome that questions everything from the way we categorize our sexual desire to the foundations of happiness." VICE
"This hopeful and welcoming attitude should encourage readers to queer their own lives in whatever ways feel right." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History, Gender: A Graphic Guide, How to Understand Your Gender, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counselors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. Websites: rewriting-the-rules.com, megjohnandjustin.com. Twitter: @megjohnbarker, Instagram: @meg_john_barker.
Jules Scheele is an illustrator, graphic facilitator and comic book artist. Jules runs One Beat Zines, a feminist zine collective and distributor. @julesscheele