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The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader

In this “canonical” anthology of Butch-Femme identities, Joan Nestle traces 200 years of lesbian history, from letters to memoirs to short stories. Nestle surveys a decade of the attempt to reconstruct and understand the meaning and value of butch-femme relations for the contemporary lesbian, drawing on oral history, fiction, poetry, and fantasy.

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Introduction: Trans-, Trans, or Transgender?

Our call for papers read: “Trans: -gender, -national, -racial, -generational, -genie, -species. The list could (and does) go on. This special issue of WSQ invites feminist work that explores categorical crossings, leakages, and slips of all sorts, around and through the concept ‘trans-‘.” While gender certainly?perhaps inevitably?remains a primary analytical category for the work we…

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The Queer Art of Failure

The Queer Art of Failure is a provocative, hilarious, and insightful study of cultural manifestations of failure that practices exactly what it preaches. Adopting “low theory,”–“a kind of theoretical model that flies below the radar, that is assembled from eccentric texts and examples”, Halberstam does not impose an established theoretical perspective onto her varied materials,…

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Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto

Department of Radio, Television and Film, the University of Texas at Austin Copyright (c) 1993 by Sandy Stone. This article may be freely distributed through the net except as indicated herein, but may not be reproduced in hardcopy without permission. The Microsoft Network is specifically prohibited from linking to or distributing this work in any…

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My Words to Victor Frankenstein Above the Village of Chamounix – Performing Transgender Rage

The following work is a textual adaptation of a performance piece originally presented at “Rage Across the Disciplines,” an arts, humanities, and social sciences conference held June 10-12, 1993 at California State University, San Marcos. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference, its theme, and the organizers’ call for both performances and academic papers inspired me…

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Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?

Cohen looks at the failed features of queer political activism, as evolved from queer theory, and discusses how intersectionality is the key to not merely ushering in inclusive political activism, but forming collectives based on transformational agendas. In other words, for queer to really do the work, it must transform not just heteronormative oppression, but…

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Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times

In this pathbreaking work, Jasbir K. Puar argues that configurations of sexuality, race, gender, nation, class, and ethnicity are realigning in relation to contemporary forces of securitization, counterterrorism, and nationalism. She examines how liberal politics incorporate certain queer subjects into the fold of the nation-state, through developments including the legal recognition inherent in the overturning…