Thursday, February 14, 2008


I’ve received a ton of brilliant submissions for Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, but I’m now extending the call for submissions all the way to May 15, 2008, and looking for more essays on the following topics in particular:

ability/disability, body fascism, fat politics

race, racialized desire, racism in gay/queer cultures

perspectives from outside the US

perspectives from rural areas, small towns and non-destination cities

faggotry in prison

aging, ageism, older-younger relationships

Sexual safety and risk-taking, HIV, health status

public sexual cultures

Pasted below is the original call -- please forward far and wide…

flaming challenges to masculinity, objectification and the desire to conform


As back rooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay sexual culture becomes little more than straight-acting dudes hangin’ out, where are the possibilities for a defiant faggotry that challenges the assimilationist norms of a world that wants us dead?

Masculine ideals have long reigned supreme in male sexual spaces, from the locker room to the tea room, the bars to the back alleys to the beaches. But is there something more brutal and dehumanizing about the calculated hyperobjectification of the internet? How do we confront the limits of transaction sexuality, where scorn becomes “just a preference,” lack of respect is assumed, and lying is a given? How can we create something splendid and intimate from that universe of shaking and moaning and nervous glances turned inward now groaning?

I'm especially interested in essays about community-building experiments, public sexual cultures, faggots not socialized or presenting as male, cruising, HIV, consumerism, transfaggotry, polyamory, feminism, sexual safety and risk-taking, norms for faggots outside of the US, and gender transgression (of course). I'm looking for essays that expose hierarchies of gender, age, race, nationality, class, body type, ability, sexuality and other identity categories instead of imposing fascistic definitions based on beauty myth consumer norms. That's right, honey -- I'm talking about interventions that are dangerous and lovely, just like you.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the editor, most recently, of Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal/Avalon, 2007) and an expanded second edition of That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull, forthcoming June 2008). Her second novel, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly, will be published by City Lights in September 2008. For more on Mattilda, visit

The basics:

*Submit non-fiction essays of up to 6,000 words. All submissions must be typed and double-spaced, and sent by post (no email submissions, but feel free to contact me with queries, Please include a short bio.

*Deadline is May 15, 2008.

*Send submissions to:
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
537 Jones Street, #3152
San Francisco, CA 94102


stephen said...

I'll be mailing you an essay soon.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Wonderful -- I look forward to it!

Love --

Carrie said...

I emailed you about submitting a piece I'm already working on.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Perfect -- I'll check that now!

Willow said...

I feel like this is a silly question, but the deadline refers to the postmark date, right?

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Sounds perfect!

Love --