My Dangerous Desires A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home

ISBN-10: 0822326191

ISBN-13: 9780822326199

Edition: 2000

Authors: Amber L. Hollibaugh, Dorothy Allison

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Amber L. Hollibaugh is a lesbian sex radical, ex-hooker, incest survivor, gypsy child, poor-white-trash, high femme dyke. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, feminist, Left political organiser, public speaker, and journalist. My Dangerous Desires presents over twenty years of Hollibaugh's writing, an introduction written especially for this book, and five new essays including "A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home," "My Dangerous Desires," and "Sexuality, Labour, and the New Trade Unionism." In looking at themes such as the relationship between activism and desire or how sexuality can be intimately tied to one's class identity, Hollibaugh fiercely and fearlessly analyses her own political development as a response to her unique personal history. She explores the concept of labelling and the associated issues of categories such as butch or femme, transgender, bisexual, top or bottom, drag queen, b-girl, or drag king. The volume includes conversations with other writers, such as Deirdre English, Gayle Rubin, Jewelle Gomez, and Cherre Moraga. From the groundbreaking article "What We're Rollin' Around in Bed With" to the radical "Sex Work Notes: Some Tensions of a Former Whore and a Practicing Feminist," Hollibaugh charges ahead to describe her reality, never flinching from the truth. Dorothy Allison's moving foreword pays tribute to a life lived in struggle by a working-class lesbian who, like herself, refuses to suppress her dangerous desires. Having informed many of the debates that have become central to gay and lesbian activism, Hollibaugh's work challenges her readers to speak, write, and record their desires - especially, perhaps, the most dangerous of them - "in order for us all to survive."
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Dorothy Allison, 1949 - Writer Dorothy Allison was born in 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina to a fourteen-year-old unwed mother. She grew up with an abusive and violent father figure. Allison was the first in her family to graduate from high school. She received a National Merit Scholarship and earned a bachelor's degree from Florida Presbyterian College and a master's from New York's School of Social Research. In 1988, "Trash," a book of short stories was published. Allison followed with "The Women Who Hate Me: Poetry, 1980-1990," which gained her respect in the gay and lesbian community. "Trash" was awarded two Lambda Literary awards: Best Small Press and Best Lesbian Book. "Bastard Out of Carolina" gave her mainstream success and was a National Book Award finalist. The novel tells a tale of poverty, incest, abuse and survival and is centered around the Boatwright family of Greenville County, South Carolina. Allison has also published a collection of essays titled "Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature," which won critical acclaim. "Two or Three Things I Know For Sure" (1995) is a short memoir in which she used text and family photographs. "Cavedweller" is an epic novel that chronicles the lives of four strong women in the difficult terrain of small town Georgia. In addition to writing her books, Allison is a contributor to publications such as The New York Times, Harpers and Allure.

Introduction (1999)
A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home (1999)
Sexuality and the State: The Defeat of the Briggs Initiative and Beyond
An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh
Socialist Review, May/June 1979
What We're Rollin'
Around in Bed With: Sexual Silences in Feminism—a conversation toward ending them
Amber Hollibaugh and Cherrie Moraga Heresies Magazine, 1979/1980
Desire for the Future: Radical Hope in Passion and Dangerfrom Pleasure and Danger, edited by Carole Vance (Routledge Press, 1993)
The Right to Rebel Gay Left Journal #9 (1979)
Talking Sex: A Conversation on Sexuality and Feminism With Deirdre English, Amber Hollibaugh, and Gayle Rubin Socialist Review, 1978
Opposite Sex: Lesbians and Gay Men Talk About Each Others' Sexuality An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh, Jewelle Gomez, and Gayle Rubin(Sara Miles and Eric Rofes, ed., 1998)
Femme Fables Columns New York Native, 1983/1984
The Gap She Fostered
A Barren Expanse of Loneliness
Intimate Signs of War Sympathy of the Blood The Village Voice, June 1984
Strategies for Freedom The Nation, May 1993
Sex Work Notes: Some Tensions of a Former Whore and a Practicing Feminist (1999)
Lesbianism is not a Condom LAP Notes, 1992
Transmission, Transmission, Where's the Transmission?Sojourner Newspaper, June 1994
Lesbian Denial and Lesbian Leadership in the AIDS Epidemic: Bravery and Fear in the Construction of a Lesbian Geography of Riskfrom Feminist Empowerment in the Age of AIDS,
Nancy Stoller and Beth Schneider, editors (Temple University Press, 1996)
Sexuality, Labor, and the New Trade Unionism: A Conversation with Amber Hollibaugh and Nikhil Pal Singh Out at Work (1999
A Grande Dame: The Femme Interview An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh Fem(me) Anthology (1999)
My Dangerous Desires: Falling in Love with Stone Butches, Passing Women, and Girls (Who are Guys) Who Catch My Eye (1999)
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