Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Why Are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots?: An update

The short version is that I'm way behind! So if you sent me a submission, and I haven't yet replied, that means I'm still considering it...

I'm also still looking for submissions in the following areas:

ability/disability, body fascism, gym culture

race, racialized desire, racism in gay/queer cultures

perspectives from outside the US

perspectives from rural areas, small towns and cities not generally seen as gay/queer destination hotspots

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 -- if you're
thinking of writing something in one of the above areas, feel free to send me a query.

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 2008). Her second novel, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly, will be published by City Lights in S October 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


Oli said...

I am so excited about this book.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Oli, thank you -- that's so great to hear!


alex said...

me too; maybe i'll submit something!

-alex (that kid in philly who didn't talk much at dinner but reads your blog)

alex said...

or not (just noticed the deadline)...but i will of course be awaiting its publication!

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Yay -- thank you, Alex! I need to write a new update about the anthology, but first I have to figure out just where I am...

Love --

James said...

This is a silly question: you are no longer looking at submissions right?

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Not a silly question at all -- I'm pretty much done, but there are a few specific things I'm looking for -- I'm just about to post an updated update, but send me an email describing what you were thinking about, and I'll let you know if it might make sense.

Love --