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cover of book PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality

EDITORS: Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel
PUBLISHER: Cleis Press
DATE: 1997
PAGES: 199

PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality

edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel

PoMo: short for PostModern; in th earts, 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…” — from Preface by Kate Bornstein


  • Preface by Kate Bornstein
  • Introduction by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel
  • 1. Beyond Definitions
    • Loaded Words by Greta Christina
  • 2. The Politic Identity: Questioning Reputations
    • Like a Virgin by John Weir
    • Confessions of a Second Generation… Dyke?: Reflections on Sexual Non-Identity by Katherine Raymond
    • Le Freak, C’est Chic! LeFag, Quelle Drag! by D. Travers Scott
  • 3. Don’t Fence Me In: Bi-/Pan-/Omni-Sexuals
    • Beyond Bisexuality by Marco Vassi
    • Beyond the Valley of the Fag Hags by Carol Queen
  • 4. Through the Looking Glass
    • Identity Sedition and Pornography by Pat Califia
    • Her Body, Mine, and His by Dorothy Allison
  • 5. Hermaphrodykes: Girls Will Be Boys, Dykes Will Be Fags
    • Antivenom for the Soul by Laura Antoniou
    • Stroking My Inner Fag by Jill Nagle
  • 6. Gender Pending: Denying Gender Imperatives
    • The Personals by Daniel Harrison
    • Lines in the Sand, Cries of Desire by Riki Anne Wilchins
    • A Real Girl by Michael Thomas Ford
  • 7. Tectonic Shifts: Crossing Cultures, Mapping Desires
    • Diaspora, Sweet Diaspora by Lawrence Schimel
    • Adventures of a Dacha Sex Spy by David Tuller
  • About the Authors
  • About the Editors


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