- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Cleis Press; 1st edition (October 10, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573440744
- ISBN-13: 978-1573440745
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality Paperback – October 10, 1997
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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.
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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
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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None of the authors fit the general expectation of lesbian, gay, bi, or transgendered. If a self-identified lesbian and a gay man are partnered sexually, how do they then define themselves? Why are bisexuals so often discriminated against by gays and lesbians as well as by the general public? And in terms of being part of a community, how do others label them?
Understanding the fluidity of desire and identity can reveal these mysteries, which challenge the queer community as well as mainstream folks who worry about how children will be raised and what makes a family.
"PoMo" refers to postmodern as the editors articulate so well on page 21 "Postmodern thought invites us to get used to the Zen notion of "multiple subjectivies" ---the idea that there is no solid, objective reality, that each of us experiences our reality subjectively affected (or influenced) by our unique circumstances. This mode of thought encourages overlapping and sometimes contradictory realities, a life of investigation and questioning as opposed to essentialism's quest for the One Truth, the innate quality, indubitable facts on a silver platter, the answer to everything."
Each essay is honest, thoughtful, and very well written. I enjoyed this book more than I would have guessed and look forward to reading other work by the individual authors.
~~Joan Mazza, author of DREAM BACK YOUR LIFE; WHO'S CRAZY ANYWAY; THINGS THAT TICK ME OFF; and EXPLORING YOUR SEXUAL SELF, A GUIDED JOURNAL (May 2001).
I would advise readers to NOT jump into this book, expecting just a book about exploring philosophies and sociology behind LGBT+. That is NOT what this book is (though the title and book description might give that impression). As someone who enjoys reading about different kinds of "queer/LGBT+ theory", this book does give a good taste of exploring "What is the gray area of LGBT+", but I feel like this book leaves more to be desired.
This book would be ideal for people just beginning to explore their sexuality, as well as for those who want to be challenged about what "exactly" is "lesbianism/gayness" and "bisexuality". I feel that the contemporary Pomosexual community (as in the 2017 individuals who identify as Pomo, since that's the year of this review) would greatly benefit from writing an "updated" version (per say) of the idea and concept of pomosexuality.
On a side note, there are sections of this book that get explicitly sexual with some depictions of the individual peoples' sex lives. If you are sensitive to those descriptions, you can honestly skim those sections of the book and still get a good idea of how the different people are exploring their sexuality.
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This book was selected for my LGBT studies class at my college.Read more