Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Anthology Reading
posted March 1, 2012 2:02 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Mon March 5 at 7:30 PM, Powell's on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, USA (Map & Directions)
That's right -- it's the Portland launch for Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's latest anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform -- featuring contributors Ezra RedEagle Whitman, River Willow Fagan (aka MeFi's own overglow), and editor Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.
Praise for the book:

"These essays, alternately moving and sprightly, contemplative and outraged—display the power of presenting an alternative to the mainstream: a world of greater tolerance, acceptance, support, and creativity.”
—Publishers Weekly

"You may have thought you understood human nature before you read this book; after reading it you will be humbled by all you failed to grasp until now." —Edmund White

"These essays come like a plunge into a forest pool of revitalizing joy, honesty, and common sense. Read them. Now. No—not tomorrow. Now!"
—Samuel R. Delany

Gay culture has become the ultimate nightmare of consumerism, whether it's an endless quest for Absolut vodka, Diesel jeans, rainbow Hummers, pec implants, or Pottery Barn. As backrooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay sexual culture morphs into “straight-acting dudes hangin’ out,” what are the possibilities for a defiant faggotry that challenges the assimilationist norms of a corporate-cozy lifestyle? 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.
posted by overglow to Performance (2 comments total)

I went to the San Francisco reading (well, one of them) and had a great time. I didn't even know there were mefites involved!
posted by gingerbeer at 2:24 PM on March 4, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh man, I was there, but I didn't realize it was a thing. Dangit.
posted by redsparkler at 10:26 AM on March 19, 2012

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