Join today and start reading your favorite books for Free!
Rate this book!
Write a review?
This is probably the best book about gender and sexuality I've ever read. It discusses the many different facets of human sexuality that aren't necessarily mapped out by what you have between your legs or on your chest. In a world of cookie cutter voidoids who identify themselves purely by their sexuality (gym bunny fags and Michigan *barf* Womyn's Music Festival Nazis) not to mention the vast, dismal sea of heterosexism found in every-other-straight relationship out there, it's nice to read abo...
PoMosexuals was recommended to me by a friend who knows me, and knows I don't quite fit into any of the specific, prescribed queer identity labels.She also knows I'm addicted to essay collections on queerness, sexuality and feminist topics. I love my friends.Many of the essays weren't of interest to me, but some struck a chord. I felt, however, that the book didn't make much of an impact on me, at least not as I was expecting. As I was reading the essays I realised PoMosexuals was published 12 y...
I looked to this book to find people like myself [bisexual, genderqueer, polyamorous, loving a cisgender person and a transgender person], but mostly what I found was gay men and lesbians with little quirks, bisexuals who refused to be called bisexuals [and some that outright owned it, thank goodness], and people who were most likely transgender but couldn't yet bear to call themselves such. I was frustrated by most essays, especially the absolutely baffling "Beyond Bisexuality," in which sexual...
Wow. I almost never reread books, and I can't think of a time I wanted to begin a book again the moment I read the last page, but this book affected me that way. It's deep and refreshing, full of essays that are both personal and thought-provoking. I got a ton out of reading it, and I know I could get more by reading it again. This will be of particular interest to anyone who feels they don't fit neatly within a certain gender or sexuality label, but I think it would be great if it were read muc...
This book was likely a golden book for its time (in the 1990s). However. as a 2017 reader, you can definitely tell it's dated. (such as through the use of some terminology found in the book). The book is essentially a book that begins to dive into understanding the concept of pomosexuality (which is coined by this book), but majority of it is made up of different snippets of life stories from different people exploring their own sexuality, that wouldn't fit "typically" LGBT+ labels (bisexual, ga...
kate bornstein was correct in saying this book would change how i view things, as cliche as that may sound. i have always rejected the terms gay/lesbian/bisexual because the notion of there only being two genders (XX, XY, XO, XXY, XXO, etc. being various "common" chromosomal orders though the anomalies are dubbed as "syndromes") seems alien to me. however, along with my queer self-identity, i have a tendency to carry, "i like female bodied people because of their female bodies and i like male bo...
half way through.i have some hesitations about this book because it claims to take on the hefty task of breaking down boundaries within/among queer identities and queer sex. certain essays are really amazing and well written while others have a dry style or present breakdowns that are a little "last week". the dorothy allison essay is incredible. read it if only for allison's essay.
I need to read more books like this. Reading this book was like falling into someone's arms, or taking a warm bath. Reminded me that it's okay to be messy and outside of the boxes. Reading books like this helps me break down the labels until they dissolve into people.
Surprisingly excellent given its age (a year older than I am) and contains several lyrical, unique essays in relationships between gender and sexuality that aren’t usually explored, particularly gendered embodiment and specific sexual desires.
Very graphic, much more than what I usually read, but very good. I loved the exploration into confusion, bisexuality, and fluidity. A short read, but very mentally taxing.
A little dated, since it WAS published in the 90s, but entertaining and interesting.
Fantastic. This was written in 1997 but felt very relevant to 2018 queer life in terms of cultivating expansive attitudes toward orientation and gender.
About the ways in which individual sexual identity does not fit perfectly into the Lesbian/Gay, Straight, or Bisexual catagories created (and also some about gender being non-binary). It is a wonderful explanation through personal experiences and analysis as to why folks might identify as Queer, Pansexual, or not at all as a way to specifically choose not to identify as gay or bi.Much of what it covers has become a such a part of my day to day life that I might not have found it very enlightenin...
This work embodies everything that all texts surrounding gender fucking should have years ago, it is a must read for anyone that thinks their collection falls short, it will complete it as well make you question everything you already think you know.Required reading for everyone as far as I am concerned, I was in love with this book as soon as I saw Carol Queen, Kate Bornstein in the same work. My favorite story in this would be "Loaded Words" by Greta Christina. If there is one thing you do ove...
Not a lot here that's completely groundbreaking or that I haven't read somewhere else, but still pretty worth your time. There's quite a bit of personal essays in here that are either steamy or candid and bare. Since everybody is entitled to their story and everyone's story is different, these proved to be the most interesting pieces. The more theoretical parts were rather dry and didn't quite introduce me to anything new. Overall, a good read.
A very interesting, sort of folksy collection of queer theory essays. Leans more toward the personal than the academic which is always a plus for me. A really good place to start an exploration of gender/sexuality fluidity.Possibly out of print....if you really want to read it and you know me, I will lend you my copy. But you'll have to swear to guard it with your life! :)
I loved this book. I think it will be a book that I pick up occasionally - just as the preface suggests - and find inspiration / solace / something to be mad about / something to be happy about.It's a great book for anyone trying to figure out how their identity fits into the dominant queer community.
I read this at 19, and I don't know if it would hold up for me now, but I know that, at a time when I was struggling with the pressure to fit into prevailing sexual categories and my inability to do so, this book blew my mind and made the life I wanted to build feel possible. I would probably recommend it still for baby queers-- and, possibly, for older queers, as well.
I loved this book in college, but after reading it a second time I've concluded that it's absolutely boring. Most of the stories seemed to revolve around butches and FTMs who fucked men and did a lot of naval-gazing about identity. I got the feeling they felt this was somehow way cool and radical. Meh.
This book turned me on with just the right mix of queer theory and erotically charged narrative. I finished this on the plane to a trans conference and reveled in the complexity of these intelligent personal reflections on gender and sexuality.
This was a pretty good book as an overview of people who don't quite feel they fit into the convenient gay/lesbian/straight categories. It was certainly very interesting, although I would have preferred something which had gone into more detail - it won't be the last I'm reading on the subject!
This was challenging to read, because I lack a foundation of the literature in sexuality and gender studies. But after hearing Carol Queen speak at an event, I had to try it. I'm grateful these ideas are circulating!
Loved it. Read it. Definitely a little dated with some language usage and I think there's mention of a pager at one point. But the important ideas and concepts presented are in no way dated. Still could be considered quite progressive by some. Everyone should read this.
The purpose of this book really seemed to me to be "we hate labels, so we've made a new label." I think postmodernism is fine (I practically majored in it in college) and diverse gender and sexualities are great, but this book was not.
About what I expected from a book of essays. Some were interesting, some were annoyingly pretentious and self-indulgent. I liked that they were short and I could read one in a sitting before doing something else.
Probably the first book I ever read that raised questions about gender. I think Keith recommened it, but maybe it was Shannan.
Not my favorite book by her, but still a great read.
it definitely confirmed my thinking that sexuality is fluid; that it cannot always and probably shouldn't be defined in restrictive terms
Pretty blah. Guess I expected a little more sparkle, given the topic. Most of the essays managed to suck the juice right out of it, if you'll excuse the metaphor.
I absolutely love this collection. It is filled with entertaining and intelligent stories about nontraditional sexuality and desire. I also consider it very readable.