Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

It certainly seems like an opportune time to repost this call for submissions...

Filed By Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore | August 30, 2007 6:20 AM | comments

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Tags: consumerism, cruising for sex, feminism, Gay racism, gender transgression, HIV/AIDS, Mattilda Berbstein Sycamore, norms for faggots outside of the US, objectification, polyamory, public sex, sexual safety and risk-taking, transfaggotry, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots

flaming challenges to masculinity, objectification and the desire to conform


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 a.k.a. Matt 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). Her second novel, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly, will be published by City Lights in 2008. For more on Mattilda, visit

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, [email protected]). Please include a short bio.

*Deadline is November 31, 2007 -- but the sooner, the better.

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

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Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | August 30, 2007 8:11 AM

Somehow I think that this call for submissions has something to do with my struggle to determine the nature of the "Q" in "LGBTQ". Other than that, my good fellow contributor, I'm afraid that I am hopelessly lost in the jumble of words put together to form your specifications. Please, please, please.... in terms that someone not so deeply immersed (or perhaps I should say not so deeply assimilated) in your corner of the culture is can more readily understand, let us know what the heck you are talking about!

Leland Frances | August 30, 2007 1:50 PM




As recently noted, the one, the only, the immortal Disco Tex now the Reverend Monte Rock III
is performing weddings in Vegas. Who would have imagined his chapel apparently used to be a back room?