Apr 152016
 

mattilda bernstein sycamore

I am so thrilled to have the amazing Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on the show this week! Sycamore is author of the memoir, The End of San Francisco, winner of a 2014 Lambda Literary Award, and has edited numerous provocative anthologies including Nobody Passes, That’s Revolting and the more recent, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? We talk radical queer culture, resisting assimilation and binary, survival strategies, sex work, and rejecting the rules of conformity. Find out why The Stranger calls her ‘a gender-fucking tower of pure pulsing purple fabulous.’

Tune in Friday, April 15th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET to hear this show premiere or listen to it on demand as a podcast. Join the discussion on Twitter where we livetweet each week. Sex Out Loud airs every Friday, you can listen along on your computer, tablet, or phone, find all the ways at SexOutLoudRadio.com If you missed any part of the episode or want to listen again, you can listen to every episode on demand here. Got a question or comment for the show? Call the SOL Hotline: 323-SEX-8266. Leave us your questions, stories, comments, and requests — 24/7 and we’ll play it on the air! (Or you can stay anonymous and ask Tristan to read it aloud.)

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is a flaming queen dedicated to keeping the fire burning. She’s the author of a memoir and two novels, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her most recent title, The End of San Francisco,  won a 2014 Lambda Literary Award, and her most recent anthology, Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. She recently finished a mesmerizing third novel, Sketchtasy, and hopefully the right publisher will snatch it up soon.

Sep 242012
 

This Friday, September 28th on Sex Out Loud radio, USC Professor and Cultural Critic J. Jack Halberstam joins me for a discussion as part of my “Live in Los Angeles” series, recorded in studio in LA. We’ll talk about Halberstam’s new book Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Queer Ideas Book) and how the well-renowned academic Halberstam brings sex and gender theory to a mass audience. Hear Halberstam riff on the lesbian baby boom, the divide between academics and activists, and gender representations in pop culture from Lady Gaga to Bridesmaids. Plus, Halberstam will confess how the Occupy Movement informed and inspired this book, how reproductive technologies have shifted the landscape of the family, and what “gaga feminism” is.

Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (a John Hope Franklin Center Book)(Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Queer Ideas Book) (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on Fascism and (homo)sexuality.

Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies (Unnatural Acts: Theorizing the Performative) (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?” Jack is a popular speaker and gives lectures around the country and internationally every year. Lecture topics include: queer failure, sex and media, subcultures, visual culture, gender variance, popular film, animation