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That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation Paperback – September 30, 2004
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Reading the anthology That's Revolting was a great relief, because it proves that many people see things the same way I do, from a radical point of view rather than a liberal point of view. That's Revolting is for those who want a nonviolent revolution, not a white picket fence and a house in suburbia. It is for those who question the American dream rather than gobble up capitalism, respectability, or the nuclear family lifestyle. It is for those who wish to overthrown marriage and the military, not participate in them. This diverse anthology is social criticism, inspiration, words of reassurance that radical activism continues, and a call to action.
The book was definitely eye-opening for me, and I will never be able to remember Gavin Newsom exists without foaming at the mouth a little bit. I was blown away at the hypocrisy of queers and "queer friendly" politicians not throwing 100% support to LGBTQ youth homeless shelters, and was shocked at the police brutality present in so many queer protests. The LGBTQ community often shuts out thoughtful dialogue in favor of mindlessly pursuing conformity, and that's an unfortunate thing. When the anti-queer right accuses us of choosing to be queer, I never understood why we're so prone to shout "we can't help it" and "why would we choose this?" when it really doesn't matter if we do or don't- the point is, we like being queer?
But some points of the book I fundamentally agreed with. A lot of the essay writers have a serious hate on conservative gay blogger Andrew Sullivan and the Log Cabin Republicans- and while everyone likes to make fun of them, it gets kind of annoying that some people can't accept some diversity in political affiliation. (And no, I'm not a Republican. I just heard this crazy rumor that it's possible to be a Republican and have a soul.Read more ›
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I would say this is one of the most progressive books I have read so far.Published 19 months ago by Christina Amezquita
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I enjoyed this book a lot. It was long, and the energy in the writing waned a bit after the first essay, but it has many insights, and cross-generational perspectives. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by N. Tung