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Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?

Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform
(Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?


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"[This book] 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! This anthology 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."--P. [4] of cover.
Statement of Responsibility: [edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore]
Title: Why are faggots so afraid of faggots?
flaming challenges to masculinity, objectification, and the desire to conform
Publisher: Oakland, CA :, AK Press,, c2012
Characteristics: 212 p. ;,23 cm.
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  • Brasstaxx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is part of a much needed discussion on the topics of assimilation, internalized homophobia, gender enforcement and body policing in queer men's communities (to name just a few). The essays/stories seem to have been selected to be challenging to almost anyone who comes across them. Prepare yourself to be offended at some turns, validated at others--but mostly to think long and hard about current queer activism in terms of what is being accomplished, and what is being lost.

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