Unsafe Words: Queering Consent in the #Metoo Era


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SKU: 9781978825406 Category:
Editor: Buggs, Shantel Gabrieal Hoppe, Trevor
Contribution by: Jones, Angela Cheves, Alexander Hoppe, Trevor Ward, Jane González-López, Gloria Russo Garrido, Anahi Velvet, Mistress Trumbull, D S Buchanan, Blu Buggs, Shantel Gabrieal McMaster, James King, Mark S Hsu, V Jo Morgan, Dominique
Publication Date: 02/10/2023
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Binding: Paperback
Media: Book


Queer people may not have invented sex, but queers have long been pioneers in imagining new ways to have it. Yet their voices have been largely absent from the #MeToo conversation. What can queer people learn from the #MeToo conversation? And what can queer communities teach the rest of the world about ethical sex? This provocative book brings together academics, activists, artists, and sex workers to tackle challenging questions about sex, power, consent, and harm. While responding to the need for sex to be consensual and mutually pleasurable, these chapter authors resist the heteronormative assumptions, class norms, and racial privilege underlying much #MeToo discourse. The essays reveal the tools that queer communities themselves have developed to practice ethical sex–from the sex worker negotiating with her client to the gay man having anonymous sex in the back room. At the same time, they explore how queer communities might better prevent and respond to sexual violence without recourse to a police force that is frequently racist, homophobic, and transphobic.


Telling a queerer side of the #MeToo story, Unsafe Words dares to challenge dogmatic assumptions about sex and consent while developing tools and language to promote more ethical and more pleasurable sex for everyone.