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Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire Paperback – January 29, 2013
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J. Rogue is a queer intersectional anarchist-communist who has been organizing in anarchist, feminist and radical queer communities for over ten years. Much of her organizing has centered around HIV/AIDS, prisons, and militarism. She has also been involved in transfeminist organizing with Camp Trans, and participated in several radical queer and feminist conferences and projects over the years. Rogue is a member of the Workers Solidarity Alliance and currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
C. B. Daring is an intersectional anarchist-communist queer sex worker. They have spent many years organizing within the feminist, sex work, anarchist, and labor movements nationally and locally. They have been published in various magazines, newspapers and blogs. They are a member of the Workers Solidarity Alliance, a collective member at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse and a popular education facilitator.
Abbey Volcano is an anarchist militant currently living in Eastern Connecticut, typically organizing with the Quiet Corner Solidarity Network and struggles around reproductive freedom. When she's not reading awesome graphic novels and watching sci-fi, she's subverting the dominant paradigm, typically writing on identity, sexuality, and gender. She's a member of the Workers Solidarity Alliance, Queers Without Borders, and a constant critic of the violence and boredom inherent in institutionalized hierarchies of all kinds.
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That said, I think this book is more for educating straight and cis anarchists or unfortunately even making straight people think they are queer. If you're already a queer and/or trans anarchist than you may not find anything new here. I felt uncomfortable as well with how much of the book was dedicated to finding ways to make cis/heterosexuality queer and the definition of queer (while they very clearly express is not the only one) is including BDSM and polyamory (and anything "different" from the "norm" which gives pretty much any cis straight person access to our identities and spaces.) As a person who has spent time around nonradical poly and kinky straight people, giving them reason to appropriate queer identity and join queer separatist spaces (which they are already doing in droves) is not something I am comfortable with. It made me wonder how many of the editors were cis people in heterosexual relationships with cis people, or how many of them knew what it was like to move throughout the world dealing with the kind of oppression the most marginalized queer and trans people deal with when I was reading the introduction. This was not what I was hoping to be my main thought while reading a book I had REALLY high hopes for.
That said, the queering heterosexuality essay, which I TRIED to read with an open mind, was very clear in saying straight people should be very careful not to appropriate queer identities or heterosexualize queer spaces. This was overshadowed by how much of the essay was focused on trying to appropriate and heterosexualize as well as- see other reviews- using slurs that aren't hers to use or reclaim. Unfortunately, all of the hetero "queers" I have met in real life seem to be more concerned about how much space they can take up and how oppressed they are by queer and trans people. I wish this book catered less towards making heterosexual/heteroromantic cis people feel queer and find ways to dodge accountability and more towards creating safer spaces and analytic tools for marginalized queer people.
Gender Sabotage, Tyranny of the State and Trans Liberation, Harm Reduction as Pleasure Activism, Queer-Cripping Anarchism, and others all made this worth buying and reading. I am glad to have it on my shelf. I just hope the focus on straight people being queer doesn't lead to even more straight people taking up queer space and pushing out the people that created it.