Queering Anarchism

Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire

Paperback, 255 pages

English language

Published 2012 by AK Press.

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What does it mean to “queer” the world around us? How does the radical refusal of the mainstream codification of GLBT identity as a new gender norm come into focus in the context of anarchist theory and practice? How do our notions of orientation inform our politics - and vice versa? “Queering Anarchism” brings together a diverse set of writings ranging from the deeply theoretical to the playfully personal that explore the possibilities of the concept of “queering”, turning the dominant, and largely heteronormative, structures of belief and identity entirely inside-out. Ranging in topic from the economy to disability, politics, social structures, sexual practice, interpersonal relationships, and beyond, the authors here suggest that queering might be more than a set of personal preferences - pointing toward the possibility of an entirely new way of viewing the world.

Contributors include Jamie Heckert, Sandra Jeppesen, Ben Shepard, Ryan Conrad, Jerimarie Liesegang, Jason …

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There really needs to be a lot more queer texts, especially within anarchism. There were so many pieces that I didn't fully agree with (and that's fine), but it was worrying how often these pieces tended to err towards... other hegemonic values. Sometimes, I don't think they noticed they were doing it.

Some of the essays quoted... massively problematic people in trying to make their point, and I'm not keen on that. Revisiting it, I found an essay that openly cites an individual who has worked with organisations that support pederasts, and I just... don't get why? Like, it doesn't build their point, it doesn't add to it, and it does just... open up a lot of issues for queer folks. Why should we launder people who engage in harm against children into our spaces?

Sadly, more people need to really check through their sources and recognise who they are …

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  • Anarcho-queer
  • Anarchism