Notes on Smut: A Look at Lesbian Literary Erotics

If everyone is used to objectifying women, like it’s just a thing used to sell toothpaste and jeans and trick us into watching rom-coms, how do you write about sex and the erotic in a way that only the intended audience is picking up what you’re putting down?… read more

Notes on Teaching Kate Bornstein

Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, hereafter QPD, featured as the capstone of my “American Literature” course last spring semester. James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, and Kate Bornstein—these were the writers whose “autobiographical” texts comprised my syllabus. These are the writers I felt best encapsulated a very specific frame of… read more

'Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure' by Sara Warner

Last year the world was captivated by the brazen acts of the Russian group Pussy Riot, whose “Punk Prayer” landed them in jail and at the center of a political firestorm. But Pussy Riot’s actions, while a deliberately outrageous reaction to the misogynist strictures of Putin’s Russia, are not unique. Indeed, as Sara Warner explains… read more

'Orgasmology’ by Annamarie Jagose

Jagose’s latest project is a continuation of her study of how to separate sex from sexuality; her focus on the orgasm is born from her observation that this idealized “thing” has been accorded little critical thought in queer studies…. read more