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The Screwball Asses (Semiotext(e) Intervention #3) Cover Image
By Guy Hocquenghem, Noura Wedell (Translator)
ISBN: 9781584350811
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Published: Semiotext(e) - January 1st, 2010

One of the must influential, though perpetually under-appreciated, pioneers of queer theory, Guy Hocquenghem composed The Screwball Asses as an indictment of society's treatment of homosexuals as well as (and more forcefully) the blase, anti-revolutionary attitude that permeated French queers of the 1970s. Published less than two years after his influential (and dare-I-say "hopeful") (yet much more "academic") Homosexual Desire, Screwball Asses depicts a fiercer, angrier author. Hocquenghem is pissed. He's pissed at capitalism; he's pissed at the FHAR (a revolutionary group that he co-founded) for failing to achieve its goals; he's pissed at queers for adhering to class regiments, and he's pissed at you for not smashing the state. A fascinating book, both for its historical context as well as its relevance for contemporary debates about queer assimilation. 

Orgasmology (Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822353911
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Published: Duke University Press - December 24th, 2012

Does this really need a blurb? Doesn't this title just sell itself?
For those who need a little more: In Orgasmology, Annamarie Jagose tends to a glaring omission in queer theory's repertoire -- a serious, rigorous study of orgasm. She begins each chapter by detailing an historical moment in orgasm's 20th-century biography (marital manuals, simultaneous orgasm, behaviorism/conversion therapy, fake orgasm, cinematic representation, etc.) and illustrates how these cultural articulations could be beneficial to contemporary thinking. A fun, fascinating read for those interested in sex studies, queer theory, or, ya know, orgasm.