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I've Been Waiting All My Life For This Book To Be Written,
This review is from: Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform (Paperback)Never before have I had such a visceral reaction from reading a book. To say that I was moved by this multicultural anthology of essays by radical queers is a major understatement. Indeed, these essays punched me in the stomach with their profound insights, raw honesty, and deep humanity. As a fat, femme, working-class, HIV+, radical queer, I often feel alienated by the mainstream capitalist gay establishment with its pervasive consumerism, sizeism, ableism, hyper-masculinity and other oppressions; so reading this anthology reminds me that I'm not alone. Tackling issues like racism, classism, ageism, sexism, internalized homophobia, body fascism, substance abuse, sexual assault, militarism, and the prison industrial complex, this book insists on an intersectional approach to queer liberation in contradistinction to the right-wing agenda of single-issue gay rights organizations like HRC and the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce. For example, Larry Goldsmith, in his brilliant essay, "Rich Man's War, Poor (Gay) Man's Fight", shows how the aforementioned organizations, which have invested millions lobbying for "gays in the military", have refused to defend Bradley Manning, a courageous gay political prisoner accused of blowing the whistle on U.S. imperialist war crimes in Iraq. Similarly, South Asian gay immigrant, Debanuj DasGupta, in his essay, "Trans/Nationally Femme", exposes the effects of white supremacy and neoliberal economic regimes on LGBTQ people of color. Without a doubt, this is one of the most important and urgent queer anthologies I've ever read. So, please, please, please read it and do what you can to undermine and dismantle the racist, capitalist hetero-patriarchy.
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