Magazine article Herizons

Speaking Sex to Power: The Politics of Pleasure and Perversity

Magazine article Herizons

Speaking Sex to Power: The Politics of Pleasure and Perversity

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by Patrick Califia

CLEIS PRESS, 2002

Review by Meagan Butcher

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Those who have admired and been inspired by Patrick Califia's work during the past decade, but have found it difficult to keep up with his numerous publishing credits, will be thrilled with this book. People who have never heard of Patrick Califia, but are fascinated by the vagaries of gender and the roles that sex plays in our culture, will likewise he thrilled. They may also get the breathtaking feeling that comes when you meet a new kindred spirit. For no matter what he writes about, from American politics, to gender transition, to changing diapers, Califia always manages to sound like a friend. A somewhat argumentative and curmudgeonly friend at times, but someone you always greet with open arms, because you know the conversation will be thought-provoking, interesting, smart and funny.

Most of the essays in this collection have previously been published, but here they are organized into four sections, accompanied by a new essay for each. All of Califia's writing is personal: he never shies away from the first person or from calling it like he sees it. …

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