Author(s): Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Gay culture has become a nightmare of consumerism, whether it's a quest for the perfect clothes or implants for the perfect body. Whatever happened to sexual flamboyance and gender liberation? Challenging not the just the violence of straight homophobia but the hypocrisy of mainstream gay norms that say the only way to stay safe is to act straight. Sycamore reinvokes the anger, flamboyance and subversion once thriving in gay subcultures in order to explore the perils of assimilation and call for accountability and provide a vision for change.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: Called "startlingly bold and provocative" by Howard Zinn, described as "a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda" by the Austin Chronicle, and named one of Utne Reader's "Visionaries" in 2008, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is undoubtedly one of America's most outrageous queer critics. She is the author of two novels, including, most recently, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly (City Lights 2008), and the editor of four nonfiction anthologies, including Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal 2007) and That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull 2004; expanded second edition 2008). Her writing appears regularly in a variety of publications, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian, AlterNet, Bitch, Utne Reader, Bookslut, Lambda Book Report, The Gay and Lesbian Review, and The Stranger. She is the reviews editor at the feminist magazine Make/shift, and has penned a monthly column in Maximumrocknroll for five years. She's gone on five extensive cross-country book tours, and guest-lectured at numerous universities, from Yale to Evergreen, UCLA to McGill.