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PoMoSexuals:  Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality

Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel (Eds.)

1997, Cleis Press

188 Pages

From the Cover

PoMo: short for PostModern: in the arts, a movement following after and in direct reaction to Modernism: culturally, an outlook that acknowledges diverse and complex points of view.

PoMoSexual: the queer erotic reality beyond the boundaries of gender, separatism, and essentialist notions of sexual orientation.

"How about you?  Ever wonder if you're the only one who doesn't quite fit in one of the sanctioned queer worlds?  Like, are you really a lesbian?  Are you really a gay man?  Maybe you fall outside the 'permitted' labels, and maybe you're the only one who knows you do, and so you feel a bit guilty?  Well, I've got news for you.   You're not guilty, you're simply postmodern.  Isn't that neat?  If you don't believe me, all you need to do is pick up this book and start reading anywhere.   Really.  I keep a copy in my bathroom because that's where I do a lot of my wondering.  From revelation to analysis, from XX to XY and back again, PoMoSexuals is the literary amusement park we've all been hoping exists someplace.  Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel have found Oz..." - Kate Bornstein

Table of Contents

Preface - Kate Bornstein
Introduction - Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel

1. Beyond Definitions
Loaded Words - Greta Christina

2. The Politic Identity: Questioning Reputations
Like a Virgin - John Weir
Confessions of a Second Generation...Dyke? - Katherine Raymond
Le Freak, C'est Chic!  Le Fag, Quelle Drag! - D. Travers Scott

3. Don't  Fence Me In; Bi-/Pan-/Omni-Sexuals
Beyond Bisexuality - Marco Vassi
Beyond the Valley of the Fag Hags - Carol Queen

4. Through a Glass Queerly: Our Boys, Ourselves
Identity Sedition and Pornography - Pat Califia
Her Body, Mine, and His - Dorothy Allison

5. Hermaphrodykes: Girls Will Be Boys, Dykes Will Be Fags
Antivenom for the Soul - Laura Antoniou

Stroking My Inner Fag - Jill Nagle

6. Gender Pending: Denying Gender Imperatives
The Personals - David Harrison
Lines in the  Sand, Cries of Desire - Riki Anne Wilchins
A Real Girl - Michael Thomas Ford

7. Tectonic Shifts: Crossing Cultures, Mapping Desires
Diaspora, Sweet Diaspora - Lawrence Schimel
Adventures of a Dacha Sex Spy - David Tuller


Readers' Comments


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Kristen S.

The present of sexuality defies definition. This book can help one feel less isolated by grouping non-grouped individuals and by saying "It's okay...you're not fucked up, you're Post-Modern!"