That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation

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As a gay elite prioritizes the attainment of straight privilege over all else, it drains queer identity of any meaning, relevance, or cultural value. That's Revoluting! skewers assimilationist trends with incisive essays like "Dr. Laura, Sit on My Face," "Is Gay Marriage Racist?" and "Queer Parents: An Oxymoron Or Just Plain Moronic?" This expanded edition contains the original work by dozens of visionaries, including Patrick Califia, Dean Spade, and Carol Queen, as well as five new selections that cover ...

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Overview

As a gay elite prioritizes the attainment of straight privilege over all else, it drains queer identity of any meaning, relevance, or cultural value. That's Revoluting! skewers assimilationist trends with incisive essays like "Dr. Laura, Sit on My Face," "Is Gay Marriage Racist?" and "Queer Parents: An Oxymoron Or Just Plain Moronic?" This expanded edition contains the original work by dozens of visionaries, including Patrick Califia, Dean Spade, and Carol Queen, as well as five new selections that cover everything from rabble-rousing with the Gay Liberation Front in the 1960s to blowing up buildings with the George Jackson Brigade in the 1970s, current-day rural queer youth organizing in Massachusetts to the infamous Drop the Debt / Stop AIDS action in New York. This is a clarion call for anyone who questions the value of becoming the Stepford Homosexual.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593761950
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 939,394
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

There's more to life than platinum: challenging the tyranny of sweatshop-produced rainbow flags and participatory patriarchy Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein 1

Church, State, Acid Trips, the Merry-Go-Round, Patriots, the Conspiracy, and Diapers

Dykes and Fags Want Everything: Dreaming with the Gay Liberation Front Ferd Eggan Eggan, Ferd 11

Queering the Underground Daniel Burton-Rose Burton-Rose, Daniel 19

It's All About Class Tommi Avicolli Mecca Mecca, Tommi Avicolli 29

Sites of Resistance or Sites of Racism? Priyank Jindal Jindal, Priyank 39

Fighting to Win Dean Spade Spade, Dean 47

Gay Art Guerrillas: Interview with Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman Stephen Kent Jusick Jusick, Stephen Kent 54

More Abercrombie Than Activist? Kaila Kuban Kuban, Kaila Chris Grinnell Grinnell, Chris 74

Choice Cuts Charlie Anders Anders, Charlie 87

Legalized Sodomy is Political Foreplay Patrick Califla Califla, Patrick 92

Queer Parents: An Oxymoron? Or Just Moronic? Stephanie Schroeder Schroeder, Stephanie 100

Never a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride Carol Queen Queen, Carol 105

Is Gay Marriage Racist? Marlon M. Bailey Bailey, Marlon M. Priya Kandaswamy Kandaswamy, Priya Mattie Udora Richardson Richardson, Mattie Udora 113

Children, the Trucks, Chainmail, Time, the Border, Skin Problems, the Feds, and the Urban Eco-Village of Your Dreams

Sylvia and Sylvia's Children: A Battle for a Queer Public Space Benjamin Shepard Shepard, Benjamin 123

Unsuitable for Children Gina de Vries de Vries, Gina 141

Revolting Josina Manu Maltzman Maltzman, Josina Manu 147

A Tragic Love Story, or The Love Affair As Defining Moment, or The Love Affair That NeverHappened Reginald Lamar Lamar, Reginald 152

Inside the Box Neil Edgar Edgar, Neil 158

Riding Radio to Choke the IMF Blake Nemec Nemec, Blake SalMonella 162

Sexing up the Conflict Query 174

Vitoligo vs. the Drapetomania Syndrome Ralowe Trinitrotoluene Ampu Ampu, Ralowe Trinitrotoluene 188

Sex, Gender, and Letters to Myself Elias seMbessakwini seMbessakwini, Elias 199

Piss, Transnational Capital, Lice Remover, the Piers, Mary, Dr. Laura, the Naked Truth, and Ricki Lake

Dr. Laura, Sit on My Face Rocko Sulldagger Sulldagger, Rocko 213

Calling All Restroom Revolutionaries! Simone Chess Chess, Simone Alison Kafer Kafer, Alison Jessi Quizar Quizar, Jessi Mattie Udora Richardson Richardson, Mattie Udora 216

That Incredible Exhilaration: An Interview with Jim Eigo from The ACT UP Oral History Project Sarah Schulman Schulman, Sarah 237

Fed Up Queers Jennifer Flynn Flynn, Jennifer Eustacia Smith Smith, Eustacia 249

Gay Shame: From Queer Autonomous Space to Direct Action Extravaganza Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein 268

Stripping for the Movement Eustacia Smith Smith, Eustacia 296

Stayin' Alive: Trans Survival and Struggle on the Streets of Philadelphia Michelle O'Brien O'Brien, Michelle 305

Getting to the Root Jesse Heiwa Heiwa, Jesse 312

Corroding our Quality of Life Justin Anton Rosado Rosado, Justin Anton 317

Dealing Discourse: Drugs and the (Re)invention of Resistance Eric Stanley Stanley, Eric 329

Bios 337

Acknowledgments 347

About the Author 34

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    Radical, not Liberal

    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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