That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation

That s Revolting Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation As the gay mainstream prioritizes the attainment of straight privilege over all else it drains queer identity of any meaning relevance or cultural value writes Matt Bernstein Syca aka Mattilda e
  • Title: That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation
  • Author: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Chris Grinnell Charlie Jane Anders Stephanie Schroeder Carol Queen Marlon M. Bailey Priya Kandaswamy Mattie Udora Richardson
  • ISBN: 9781932360561
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • That's Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation
    As the gay mainstream prioritizes the attainment of straight privilege over all else, it drains queer identity of any meaning, relevance, or cultural value, writes Matt Bernstein Syca, aka Mattilda, editor of That s Revolting This timely collection of essays by writers such as Patrick Califia, Kate Bornstein, Carol Queen, Charlie Anders, Benjamin Shepard, and othersAs the gay mainstream prioritizes the attainment of straight privilege over all else, it drains queer identity of any meaning, relevance, or cultural value, writes Matt Bernstein Syca, aka Mattilda, editor of That s Revolting This timely collection of essays by writers such as Patrick Califia, Kate Bornstein, Carol Queen, Charlie Anders, Benjamin Shepard, and others shows what the new queer resistance looks like Intended as a fistful of rocks to throw at the glass house of Gaylandia, the book challenges the commercialized, commoditized, and hyper objectified view of gay queer identity projected by the mainstream straight and gay media by exploring queer struggles to transform gender, revolutionize sexuality, and build community family outside of traditional models Essays include Dr Laura, Sit on My Face, Gay Art Guerrillas, Legalized Sodomy Is Political Foreplay, and Queer Parents An Oxymoron or Just Plain Moronic
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  • Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore Chris Grinnell Charlie Jane Anders Stephanie Schroeder Carol Queen Marlon M. Bailey Priya Kandaswamy Mattie Udora Richardson

    Mattilda Bernstein Syca is an insomniac with dreams She is the author of a memoir, The End of San Francisco City Lights 2013, and two novels, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly City Lights, October 2008 and Pulling Taffy Suspect Thoughts 2003 Mattilda is the editor of five nonfiction anthologies, most recently Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification and the Desire to Conform AK Press 2012 , Nobody Passes Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity Seal 2007 and an expanded second edition of That s Revolting Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation Soft Skull 2008 For on Mattilda, check out mattildabernsteinsyca or follow her on Twitter mbsyca

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  • 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 wh [...]


  • This book embodies all of my deep ambivalence about radical queers I agree with pretty much everything butt over yourselves


  • It can be hard giving a single rating to an anthology, especially when there are thirty two different pieces in that anthology Some of them are really good delightfully seditious pieces denouncing Stepford homosexuals , capitalism, and the prison industrial complex but some of them seem like bad choices There were far too many essays or interviews with cis gay men and or cis lesbians, and those were all boring they didn t queer the norm at all The worst was an essay about parenting by this cis l [...]


  • Ten years ago one might not have imagined the largest national gay rights lobbying group Human Rights Campaign endorsing a right wing Republican Senatorial candidate Al D Amato in New York , or the San Francisco Pride parade adopting the Budweiser advertising slogan as its offcial theme 2002 As an assimilationist gay mainstream wields increasing power, the focus of gay struggle has become limited to marriage, military service, and adoption The gay mainstream presents a sanitized, straight friend [...]


  • Necessary but prone to lifestylism Resisting assimilation has to mean than frowning on squares who get married, hating children, and doing a lot of drugs and alcohol For the most part in these essays, it does But especially as a gay man who works with poor mothers there s a lot that rubs me the wrong way I m sure it s supposed to, as revolutionary gay politics has always loved the provocative That s why I like this book, and have read it I just want a revolutionary gay politic that doesn t traf [...]


  • This book really challenged my views on sexuality, sex, and radical feminist and queer thought Theory, story, interview and case study blended together to create a coherent radical queer agenda against assimilation into the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy The hot topics of the gay rights white gay male movement are Gay Marriage, Adoption, and the Right to Military Service These all benefit the system than they benefit queer liberation, so that even if you win, you lose One of the highli [...]


  • Mattilda Bernstein Syca raises the new call to arms for all self identified freaks, queers, pervs, weirdos, and anyone else not interested in fitting themselves into the nice, neat assimilationist homos are just like everyone else box Her anthology issues a wake the fuck up for all those wondering why mainstream gays allies have been fighting so hard to appease and comfort the Right the mainstream media, telling them that the thing we want most in the world is the right to take part in one of th [...]


  • This book is unique in its perspectives of the queer rights movement, and publicly thwarts the mainstream in a manner that makes most people cringe That part, I like I also appreciate the telling of the underground history that is often hidden or not as well known Additionally, it was great to have way than just the token inclusion of trans genderqueer individuals.I don t agree with all of the tactics taken and advocated by the writers, and I don t necessarily believe that living exactly oppos [...]


  • A series of essays dealing with the queer resistance, anarchy, anti racism, queer youth of color, intersectional oppression, and activism Much of it in the form of histories herstories written by members of activist movements While That s Revolting can be quite intellectually heavy and occasionally seems a bit one note , it also offers a glimpse of a heady world where shocking behavior for it s own sake is prized and rejecting the status quo is the norm I recommend it for anyone who is intereste [...]


  • The essays varied between insightful critiques and monotonous repetition, creative action and self indulgence Calling All Restroom Revolutionaries is a worthwhile read, however many of the essays by Mattilda displayed little than ineffective direct action and self obsession by someone rightly angry with assimilationist agendas.


  • I thought this book was amazing The essays are thought provoking and inspiring Especially when the address Queers of Color and the current Gay Rights Movement I recommend this book tremendously.


  • I wouldn t say every essay in here is a 5 star, but there are enough of them to make this book worth it Very up to date and an excellent refresher about the current faces of queer activism.


  • That s Revolting Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, is am important book that documents and keeps history alive that would otherwise be forgotten First thing I learned is that it is a false belief that the Stonewall riot revolt started while mourning Judy Garland s death This is briefly mentioned This myth was something I read somewhere about the Stonewall rebellion that seemed to make sense, I even wrote a poem about it, I still like the idea but stand corrected This book does that ta [...]


  • i found this hard to get through some essays were great and really interesting, especially personal life stories from older people some stuff was a bit repetitive it didn t really fit with my idea of strategies for resisting assimilation but that s ok.


  • Introspective look at organising and resistance from coastal US in the 1990s and early 2000s It was like being present at many debrief sessions and witnessing honest discussions of what worked and what didn t.


  • This book covers such a wide expanse of ideas, it s really very difficult to describe as a whole piece Ultimately, upon reading the whole thing and skipping some things, etc I found the most fascinating thing to be that queer is a multifaceted word, used to refer to sexuality, gender identity, levels of activism I really had to evaluate how I identify with the word I know that for myself, I like it because it feels all encompassing than the gay lesbian binary, and that it s NOT a binary it rein [...]


  • This book was good for me to read because it gave me a different queer perspective on the relentless drive towards the legalization of gay marriage and other aspects of the current mainstream gay political movement It also called into question the idea of assimilation this idea that queers are just like straight people I have always been happy to be part of the queer subculture and for that to be separate and distinct from the mainstream straight culture The best essay in here was by Carol Queen [...]


  • Even though I gave this book four stars I have mixed feelings about this book The range of essays in this book, ranging from history, theory, diary entries and personal reflection make it very hard to make any particular statement about the entirety of the book other than to say that the various authors are all anti imperialists, anti capitalists, anti sexist and anti homophobic There the similarities end, as they remain somewhat confused about what they re actually for This is an iconoclastic w [...]


  • overall excellent anthology i have enthusiastically discussed many of these essays i found it hard to put the book down i appreciated the multiple accounts of the quality of life measures in NYC and the creativity and resilience of the youth of color targeted by the NYPD who organized in resistance also, the interview on Fed Up Queers and the essay on Gay Shame and their actions and struggles Is Gay Marriage Racist was excellent, as was Dean Spade s piece it s not just an anthology on how to res [...]


  • Intelligent, witty, sexy, raunchy, personal political essays delivered by primarily young radical queers Many of the essays are from the perspective of folks living around the San Francisco gay area The editor is a co founder of Gay Shame and she spent a lot of time based in the bay area Some essays examine the margins queers have dwelled in historically and how money and power have shaped mainstream gay politics in the bay area.These activists examine interconnected systems of oppression, ident [...]


  • Get your radical activist freak on Mattilda hosts a collection of essays, manifestos and first hand reports written from the frontlines of the anti assimilationist, anti gay yuppie scum movement Some great stuff in here, notably from Mattilda herself, Carol Queen, my old zinester pal, REB of the zine Fanorama , as well as a wonderful interview with the great Sarah Schulman and Jim Hubbard on organizing the first queer film festivals ever DIY, baby A few other contributors left any sense of humor [...]


  • Provocative collection of essays on radical LGBT movements groups individuals As with most anthologies, the quality of the writing varies It may be unfair to ask for balance in a book devoted to airing a non mainstream viewpoint Certainly the idea that gay marriage is an important issue and healthy development, the overall theme that LGBT people are just like everyone else except for the fact of a non chosen orientation, etc gets plenty of airtime, so why not one book entirely for dissenters But [...]


  • I love this book The cover is perfect its beautiful and grotesque, colorful and fabulous I love the odd size of the book so it stands out in my book collection This is a book that demands attention Resisting Assimilation made me proud to be radically queer While not all the tactics or experiences are like mine, I am extatic that they are part of my community Each new article was like coming on another great idea or piece of my own past that I wished I had thought about.Matilda Matt Bernstein Syc [...]


  • That s Revolting has been on my to read list for a while now, given that it is one of a scant few books to object to a corporate HRC white upper class model of queer liberation And overall the book was a fascinating and thought provoking look at a small handful of anti assimilationist groups, movements, and actions Most of the essays are histories or first person accounts of activism Which means that like many anthologies, it is REALLY hit and miss Read the rest of this review at bisexual books. [...]


  • This is an excellent collection of radical essay about queer politics and organising from the United States These essays are unique, funny, and radical in their thinking, providing an essential counterpoint to much of queer politics of today The main critique is that being written in the 1990s, and focused heavily in the US, some of these essays have dated, making them difficult to get through Many references to campaigns, debates etc are not explained, assumed by the reader, which is difficult [...]


  • A series of essays dealing with the queer resistance, anarchy, anti racism, queer youth of color, intersectional oppression, and activism Much of it in the form of histories herstories written by members of activist movements Through reflection of essays, I found myself a consciously aware Queer Woman of Color feeding into perpetuating several hetero normative practices thoughts beliefs That type of growth in awareness only helped me to challenge where my beliefs were learned and to re evaluate [...]


  • Great book, but I don t know if I subscribe to the thought pattern portrayed in this book It s very anti norm, don t conform, anti assimilationist But it is definitely an affirming read Any time you have a thought about going against the norm, or doing your own thing, the essays in this book will affirm those thoughts Another thing is, I really enjoyed how this book was a compilation of several essays I ve never read a book like that before and it was nice to be confronted with several different [...]


  • What a great collection of essays Personal stories, stories of activism, interviews and in this collection compiled by the excellent Mattilda I don t think I can pick a favorite, but did so love the essay by The Pollinators, who travel from place to place depositing information gathered from previous locales, fertilizing ideas as it goes In other words, planning and doing actions at protests as well as in the dark of the night, using linguistic subversion and their tinkery hands Love it


  • The essays are all over the board and therefore the book very successfully sidesteps being single issue its focus is resisting assimilation, but it gets right to the root of that by showing so many different pursuits of knowledge, of desire, of identity This so often gets missed in texts about queer resistance, which suggest a rather binary worldview of queer notqueer It s not that every essay in the book is great or makes immediately clear sense in its inclusion it s that they are all provocati [...]


  • An excellent read for queers It s nice to get away from the assimilist gay stories and read something that has some truth to it instead of reading about the oppressive gay upper and middle class This anthology has stories that illuminate different situations for what real queers are going through and how they live life Sure, some of the stories are a bit boring, but at least it s not the same ol gay stuff Bravo for a well put together book about real queer issues.


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