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Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Paperback]

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

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20 Feb 2012
Gay culture has become a nightmare of consumerism, whether it's an endless quest for Absolut vodka, Diesel jeans, rainbow Hummers, pec implants, or Pottery Barn. Whatever happened to sexual flamboyance and gender liberation, an end to marriage, the military, and the nuclear family? As backrooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay sexual culture morphs into 'straight-acting dudes hangin' out' what are the possibilities for a defiant faggotry that challenges the assimilationist norms of a corporate-cozy lifestyle? Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? challenges not just the violence of straight homophobia but the hypocrisy of mainstream gay norms that say the only way to stay safe is to act straight: get married, join the military, adopt kids! Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore reinvokes the anger, flamboyance, and subversion once thriving in gay subcultures in order to create something dangerous and lovely: an exploration of the perils of assimilation; a call for accountability; a vision for change. A sassy and splintering emergency intervention!

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (20 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1849350884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849350884
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You may have thought you understood human nature before you read this book; after reading it you will be humbled by all you failed to grasp until now. America invented identity politics but here those identities have been multiplied and articulated as never before --Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story

This book plumbs the most important question facing queers in the 21st century: how the hell did we go from forming a crucial part of the '60s 'lib' rainbow, and from mastering, refining, and successfully deploying nonviolent resistance with ACT UP, only to end up creating for ourselves a world of martial and marital law every bit as sterile, constricting, and amoral as the world we once fled like the plague? --Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men

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Called 'startlingly bold and provocative' by Howard Zinn, and described as 'a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda' by The Austin Chronicle, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is undoubtedly one of America's most outspoken queer critics. She is the author of two novels, including, most recently, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly, and is the editor of four nonfiction anthologies, including Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity and That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I've Been Waiting All My Life For This Book To Be Written 29 Jan 2012
By wildflowerboy - Published on Amazon.com
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Never before have I had such a visceral reaction from reading a book. To say that I was moved by this multicultural anthology of essays by radical queers is a major understatement. Indeed, these essays punched me in the stomach with their profound insights, raw honesty, and deep humanity. As a fat, femme, working-class, HIV+, radical queer, I often feel alienated by the mainstream capitalist gay establishment with its pervasive consumerism, sizeism, ableism, hyper-masculinity and other oppressions; so reading this anthology reminds me that I'm not alone. Tackling issues like racism, classism, ageism, sexism, internalized homophobia, body fascism, substance abuse, sexual assault, militarism, and the prison industrial complex, this book insists on an intersectional approach to queer liberation in contradistinction to the right-wing agenda of single-issue gay rights organizations like HRC and the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce. For example, Larry Goldsmith, in his brilliant essay, "Rich Man's War, Poor (Gay) Man's Fight", shows how the aforementioned organizations, which have invested millions lobbying for "gays in the military", have refused to defend Bradley Manning, a courageous gay political prisoner accused of blowing the whistle on U.S. imperialist war crimes in Iraq. Similarly, South Asian gay immigrant, Debanuj DasGupta, in his essay, "Trans/Nationally Femme", exposes the effects of white supremacy and neoliberal economic regimes on LGBTQ people of color. Without a doubt, this is one of the most important and urgent queer anthologies I've ever read. So, please, please, please read it and do what you can to undermine and dismantle the racist, capitalist hetero-patriarchy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is the book i've been waiting for! 16 Jan 2012
By gina - Published on Amazon.com
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there's so much variety in this book. intensely personal, emotional, analytical essays on every topic of faggotry and from every perspective you can imagine-- and more! as with all mattilda bernstein sycamore books, i particularly like all the complicated takes-- internet cruising, race stereotyping, gender self-expression, public sex, growing up, homophobia, body image, aging and sexuality. i was particularly impressed by several provocative pieces about barebacking, several eloquent and touching stories about trans identity in the gay world, as well as a wide range of perspectives on AIDS, gay identity and sexual safety. somehow mattilda bernstein sycamore always manages to bring it all together and tear it all apart, all at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 May 2013
By Jaqua Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved, Loved this book, loved all of the stories, studies, thoughts and anecdotes, I remember reading this book and laughing out loud because of the humor and candor in some places, who highly recommend to anyone
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of essays 13 Mar 2014
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Really wonderful and diverse perspectives, I enjoyed reading this collection of essays a lot. Some essays resonated more than others for me, but a worthwhile read.
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING read. 12 Mar 2014
By Joshua Melchi Ricker - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned SO MUCH from this book! It's crazy how people across the world go through the exact same things you do or they think the exact same way that you do. This book teaches you so much about the gay community and how it affects everyone around it or in the community; how even though you are apart of your own community, you can still feel totally disconnected from everyone else who is just like you.
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