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18 February 2008 @ 01:33 pm
Call For Submissions I got in my inbox today :)  
Extended deadline for my new anthology -- please forward!

Hi everyone--

I've received a ton of brilliant submissions for Why Are Faggots So
Afraid of Faggots?, but I'm extending the call for submissions all the
way to May 15, 2008, and looking for more essays on the following
topics in particular:

*ability/disability, body fascism, fat politics
*race, racialized desire, racism in gay/queer cultures
*perspectives from outside the US
*perspectives from rural areas, small towns and non-destination cities
*faggotry in prison
*aging, ageism, older-younger relationships
*sexual safety and risk-taking, HIV, health status
*public sexual cultures

Pasted below is the original call -- please forward far and wide, and
feel free to email me (mattilda@sbcglobal.net) with any questions.


flaming challenges to masculinity, objectification and the desire to


As back rooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay
sexual culture becomes little more than straight-acting dudes hangin'
out, where are the possibilities for a defiant faggotry that
challenges the assimilationist norms of a world that wants us dead?

Masculine ideals have long reigned supreme in male sexual spaces, from
the locker room to the tea room, the bars to the back alleys to the
beaches. But is there something more brutal and dehumanizing about
the calculated hyperobjectification of the internet? How do we
confront the limits of transaction sexuality, where scorn becomes
"just a preference," lack of respect is assumed, and lying is a given?
How can we create something splendid and intimate from that universe
of shaking and moaning and nervous glances turned inward now groaning?

I'm especially interested in essays about community-building
experiments, public sexual cultures, faggots not socialized or
presenting as male, cruising, HIV, consumerism, transfaggotry,
polyamory, feminism, sexual safety and risk-taking, norms for faggots
outside of the US, and gender transgression (of course). I'm looking
for essays that expose hierarchies of gender, age, race, nationality,
class, body type, ability, sexuality and other identity categories
instead of imposing fascistic definitions based on beauty myth
consumer norms. That's right, honey -- I'm talking about interventions
that are dangerous and lovely, just like you.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the editor, most recently, of Nobody
Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal/Avalon,
2007) and an expanded second edition of That's Revolting! Queer
Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull, forthcoming June
2008). Her second novel, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly, will be
published by City Lights in September 2008. For more on Mattilda,
visit www.mattildabernsteinsycamore.com.

The basics:

*Submit non-fiction essays of up to 6,000 words. All submissions must
be typed and double-spaced, and sent by post (no email submissions,
but feel free to contact me with queries, mattilda@sbcglobal.net).
Please include a short bio.

*Deadline is May 15, 2008.

*Send submissions to:
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
537 Jones Street, #3152
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
537 Jones Street, #3152
San Francisco, CA 94102
http://nobodypasses.blogspot.com <http://nobodypasses.blogspot.com/>