What Does it Mean to Be Asexual in the Age of Queer Politics?

This essay was originally published on Slutever

Movements for sexual liberation have historically been about the freedom to desire. The work of undoing, resisting, and subverting restrictions on “deviant” desire (gay, lesbian, bi, female, etc.) is monumental and nowhere near finished. The freedom not to desire (as in asexuality) is often seen to be at odds with these movements, perhaps because the oppression of queer and feminine desire has involved forcing people to suppress or negate their desires. But asexuality is not at odds with other forces for sexual liberation.

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Kristen Sollée & the Contemporary Witching Hour

This essay was originally published on Slutever

Witches, Sluts, Feminists is a breathless, wide-ranging, and acute account of the figure of the witch in all her ugly, excessive, deviant glory. In her book, Sollée diagnoses the resurgence of the witch in feminist discourse, and attests to the witch’s relevance as an “evergreen” symbol of female oppression and resistance.

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On the Frontlines with LESTE Mag: Championing a New Era of Erotic Print

This essay was originally published on Slutever

Beautifully designed and printed erotic magazines are having a renaissance (think: Odiseo, Phile, Math, and Archer), and at the helm of the most interesting and subversive publications are a constellation of women dedicated to reimagining – and re-sourcing – the complex conversations surrounding sex, sexuality and the erotic.

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Boys' Love: The Gay Erotica Taking China by Storm

This essay was originally published on Slutever

In 1997, the government of the People’s Republic of China decriminalized homosexuality. It wasn’t until four years later, in 2001, that homosexuality was officially declassified as a mental illness. Today, mainstream society in mainland China is still ambivalent – but more often than not, hostile – towards non-normative sexualities. In 2017, China is a conservative culture with deeply ingrained social and gendered hierarchies and a highly regulated (read: censored) internet. So, how does a form of (mostly online) gay erotica consumed primarily by straight women come to flourish into a major industry?

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Introducing Phile Magazine: 'The International Journal of Desire & Curiosity'

This essay was originally published on Slutever

Phile features artists and writers ranging from scholars to sex workers (not that the two are mutually exclusive), and everything in between, in an attempt to “bridge the gap between the academic and the practical.”

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Interview with @ButchCamp

This essay was originally published on Slutever

ButchCamp, run by Isa Toledo (a Lisbon-based artist) and Rosie Eveleigh (an Arnhem-based graphic designer), is an ongoing queer historiography project articulated through an important 21st century medium: Instagram. The project features images and text on butch characters and icons (of both the accidental and deliberate variety) by theme, ranging from barber cuts to Hollywood sewing circles to sci-fi & cyborgs - and the butch beyond. The images are carefully curated, and the language is witty. ButchCamp is an important archiving project that highlights and celebrates the queer form — ephemeral though its contours are — that is butchcamp.

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Interview with Tangerine Director Sean Baker

This interview was originally published in The Berlin Film Journal (November 20th, 2015).

Tangerine (2015) is loud and brash and bright, a highly-saturated but also exquisitely beautiful account of strange encounters, an LA underbelly and female friendship. Shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, Sean Baker’s film focuses on one Christmas Eve in the lives of two trans sex workers – Sin Dee Rella and her best friend Alexandra.

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