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?
"[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.

Publisher: Oakland, CA : AK Press, c2012
ISBN: 1849350884
Branch Call Number: 306.766 W
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein


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Aug 01, 2013
  • 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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