Sunday, March 01, 2009

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: here's what's going on...

Okay, so I’ve basically decided on all the pieces for the book, and I’m actually in the process of doing a final round of edits on the pieces I’ve chosen -- yay! There are two specific things I’m still looking for:

An essay centering around disability

An essay about long-term loss of entire social networks due to AIDS

For either of these essays, a rural, Southern, working class, and/or person of color perspective is definitely a +++

Definitely contact me if you’re interested in submitting an essay that might fit, if you have a suggestion of a potential writer, or if you know of something already out there that speaks to these particular issues…

Oh -- and here’s the original call for submissions…

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.


dramatic ballads said...

i'm one of those secret readers. generally from my bed. generally thinking of you and loving you from across the bridge.

i think you could hit up my friend colin potentially for an essay. he's a smartieface and does lots of smart work, particularly around disability and grew up rurally and mixed classly.

i don't want to post his email address on your blog necessarily but hit me up and i'll send it to you.

much much love,

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Darling yay for loving across the bridge!!! At first I thought wait, how I get in touch with you, but then I realized aha dramatic ballads aha! And I've been thinking about you, too...

As for your great idea, is this Colin Kennedy Donovan? If so, you would be the second person to send this delicious recommendation, yay for recommendations and yes yes please call or email with it anytime!

Love and more love --

James said...

Good luck with this anthology. Look forward to picking it up.

Any return trips planned to NYC. We've never spoken face to face, except for like 10 seconds once. Have to change that! LOL


mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

Thanks, James -- and I'm almost done!!!

Probably no trips to the East Coast for a while, but at some point of course we must speak face to face for longer...

Love --