Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity

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Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. Nobody Passes explores and critiques the various systems of power seen (or not seen) in the act of “passing.” In a pass-fail situation, standards for acceptance may vary, but somebody always gets trampled on. This anthology seeks to eliminate the pressure to pass and ...

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Overview

Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. Nobody Passes explores and critiques the various systems of power seen (or not seen) in the act of “passing.” In a pass-fail situation, standards for acceptance may vary, but somebody always gets trampled on. This anthology seeks to eliminate the pressure to pass and thereby unearth the delicious and devastating opportunities for transformation that might create.
Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore, has a history of editing anthologies based on brazen nonconformity and gender defiance. Mattilda sets out to ask the question, “What lies are people forced to tell in order to gain acceptance as 'real'.” The answers are as varied as the life experiences of the writers who tackle this urgent and essential topic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580051842
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 445,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Reaching Too Far: An Introduction   Mattilda, a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore     7
All Mixed Up with no Place to Go: Inhabiting Mixed Consciousness on the Margins   Nico Dacumos     20
Friction Burn: A Nonfiction Admission   Stacey May Fowles     38
Who's That Wavin' That Flag? On the Signs, Stories, and Strategies of the Current Immigrant Rights Movement   Jessica Hoffmann     49
Undermining Gender Regulation   Dean Spade     64
Passing Last Summer   Dominika Bednarska     71
Innocent Victims and Brave New Laws: State Protection and the Battered Women's Movement   Priya Kandaswamy     83
Different Types of Hunger: Finding My Way Through Generations of Okie Migration   Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz     95
What I Learned From Being G Minus in the World of Homohop Commerce   Ralowe T. Ampu, DDS     112
No Longer Just American   Stephanie Abraham     127
The End of Genderqueer   Rocko Bulldagger     137
My Kind of Cruising   Liz Rosenfeld     149
Pino's Father   Tommi Avicolli Mecca     159
Trans-Portation   Terre Thaemlitz     173
Melchizedek's Three Rings   Carole McDonnell     186
Behind These Mascaraed Eyes: Passing Life in Prison   Nikki Lee Diamond     197
Race Haunted, Otherwise   Eric Stanley     208
Why Mahmud Can't Be a Pilot   Naeem Mohaiemen     218
F2mestizo   Logan Gutierrez-Mock     228
Persephone   Helen Boyd     236
Hat   Tucker Lieberman     243
"And Then You Cut Your Hair": Genderfucking on the Femme Side of the Spectrum   Amy Andre   Sandy Chang     254
Surface Tensions   Jen Cross     270
Origins   Kirk Read     284
Lack of Close Friends or Confidants   Jennifer Blowdryer     302
From Hot Pink to Code Pink: Notes on Passing for Monolingual Folk   Irina Contreras     307
Not Quite Queer   Benjamin Shepard     318
Notes     336
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