Against Equality

PDF EBook by Ryan Conrad

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When “rights” go wrong. Against Equality PDF EBook

Does gay marriage support the right- PDFwing goal of linking access to basic human rights like health care and economic security to an inherently conservative tradition?

Will the ability of queers to fight in wars of imperialism help liberate and empower LGBT people around the world?

Does hate-crime legislation affirm and strengthen historically anti-queer institutions like the police and prisons rather than dismantling them?

The Against Equality collective asks some hard questions. These queer thinkers, writers, and artists are committed to undermining a stunted conception of “equality.” In this powerful book, they challenge mainstream gay and lesbian struggles for inclusion in elitist and inhumane institutions. More than a critique, Against Equality seeks to reinvigorate the queer political imagination with fantastic possibility!

Praise for Against Equality:

“From tracing the ways the hate crimes legislation helps embolden our primary predators -police and other carceral agents- to providing a compelling alternate set of priorities for queer and trans movements for liberation, Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion offers a critical intervention in the current LGBT political landscape.A necessary read for anyone desiring to build a liberation movement for that returns to its revolutionary roots.” – Reina Gossett, writer, activist, and co-creator of STAR People Are Beautiful People

“Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion issues a radical call for social transformation. Against and beyond the ‘holy trinity’ of pragmatic gay politics—marriage, militarism, and prison—the queer and trans voices archived in this collection offer radical left critiques of neoliberalism, capitalism, and state oppression. In a format accessible and enlivening, equally at home in the classroom and on the street, this book keeps our political imaginations alive. Prepare to be challenged, educated, and inspired.”–Margot Weiss, author Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality

“This exciting collection is a must read for those who are yearning for incisive critiques of biopolitical social normalization and domination. The essays are emboldening as they offer crucial rationales for resisting a range of assimilationist projects that hinge on state regulation of gender and sexuality in the service of specific racial and class formations linked to oppressive neoliberalism and capitalist models of belonging. With analyses that expose the symbolic and material stakes in “inclusion,” the authors offer radical alternatives that have decolonizing potential, while offering renewed visions of queer liberation.”- J. Kē download; haulani Kauanui, author Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity

“In an era when so much of the lesbian and gay movement seems to echo the rhetoric of the mainstream Establishment, the work of Against Equality is an important provocation and corrective. There is much to argue about and disagree with in this collection, but it is also a collection that burns with a passionate belief in the original idea of Gay Liberation, namely that we cannot be truly free while others remain oppressed. I hope this book is read widely, particularly by the people who will most disagree with it; in the tradition of the great political pamphleteers this collection should spark debate around some of the key issues for our movement.” — Dennis Altman, author Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation

“Is anything missing from a world in which gay life means family values, military service, religious observance, and being the same as everybody else?Is it odd that access to contraception, voting booths, and labor unions is getting harder, while gay marriage is becoming easier?If you have ever asked yourself these questions, you will want to read this book:you may not find all the answers, but you will know you are not alone.” – David Halperin, author How to Be Gay Like this book? Read online this: The Changing Politics of Gender Equality, Equality.

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