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We live in a complicated world, and according to PoMoSexuals, it is a lot more complicated than we thought. Now that society has become accustomed to the idea that gay men and lesbians exist, Lawrence Schimel and Carol Queen have brought together 15 essays dedicated to demolishing those categories. They are not, of course, arguing that homosexuals don't exist, but simply that these categories and words cannot do justice to the wondrous complexity of human sexuality. In PoMoSexuals you can read about heterosexual women who identify as gay men, the politics of placing a transgendered personal ad, and how trendy gay male ghetto culture is less about sexual liberation than brand-name accumulation. No matter what your sexual identity is, PoMoSexuals will startle and enlighten, provoke and entertain.
As the gay and lesbian movement heads toward the mainstream, the trans movement is left behind at the margins, virtually alone in challenging the way society constructs and defines gender and sexuality. The executive director of GenderPac, Wilchins combines personal narrative, essay, photojournalism, history, and a critique of the feminist and queer movements to present a unified rage against gender-based oppression. In her enlightening and moving book, she challenges us to break out of our boxes and view gender, eroticism, oppression, and persecution through the eyes of a strident member of the trans community. Covering much of the same territory, PoMoSexuals gives voice to 15 people living in the gray areas of gender and sexuality who struggle with what it means to have "nonstandard" erotic desires and identities in America. They represent people on the margins of gender and sexuality, ranging from a man who becomes a lesbian woman to a heterosexual woman exploring her attraction to gay men and a lesbian who writes gay male porn. These eye-opening stories carry us into the lives of people we don't usually encounter. The collection varies in quality, but pieces by well-known authors, such as Dorothy Allison and Pat Califia, help to carry the rest of the work. Wilchins also offers a powerful autobiographical essay. Academic libraries with gay/lesbian and feminist collections should include both books in their collections.?Jerilyn Veldof, Univ. of Arizona Lib., Tucson
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This book was new and pristine. I would definitely buy from this user again. This arrived just in enough time so that by the time I need it in my class, I had it.Published on August 10, 2013 by Taresha Tate
Highly recommend this text for students interested in queer theory. Short, informal essays/stories by transgender men and women, omnisexuals, etc. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Alexis Egan
Some of the contributors to Pomosexuals write in a fairly objective, almost academic style; others use a more raw, graphic style. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Eileen
Pomosexuals by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel was an excellent book.
This book was selected for my LGBT studies class at my college. Read more
Pomosexuals is an amazing book. Each chapter tells a different tale, they are queer and some are funny. The preface in this book makes me laugh everytime I read it. Read morePublished on May 7, 2009 by Dvin York
I first bought this book when it came out in 1997. Now I'm taking an Anthropology of Homosexualities class (well yes, I do live in San Francisco, what made you ask? Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by Jean Marie Taylor