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A Critique of Anti-Assimilation, Part I

By Operaista
Reposted from Glittertariat

AKA "Why I hate the term 'classism'"; "Why I hate inverted hierarchies" will be Part II

A really big, important concept in radical queer thought and struggle is Anti-Assimilation, which, at its most basic, is "we don't want to elevate our position in the social order by becoming as much like the straights as possible"; clearly, there are a wide variety of possible positions that could be described as anti-assimilationist by that decision - from the communist position of "abolish the present state of things, the revolution is communization" to a very reformist view that just seeks to allow all genders, sexualities, expressions, etc, to be put on an equal footing. Between these two very different poles lie most people who would describe themselves as anti-assimilationist; in fact, I bet many who read this would point out that the very limited, reformist view of anti-assimilationism is not held by many who would use the term (which is true).

Queer Is Many Things

Queer is many things. It’s a critique of identity– critiquing/questioning the boxes and categories we are given to cage ourselves with. Example, we can be gay, straight, or bi. These are the choices we have. But they don’t describe reality and they do more to contain us than to liberate us. (Although, I have to note that people do find empowerment and community within these identities and I don’t mean to downplay that.) It’s a critique of the construction of sexuality– formed by the ideas we have to conceive of it. If who you fuck is what you are (i.e., “gay”) — then that’s a sexual identity. Or we can do sexuality differently– it’s not who we are but what we do– our acts.

Report from the Boston Dyke March

The Boston Dyke March took place on Friday evening, June 13th. The march is a grassroots, non-commercial, alternative to the Pride Parade which takes place the next day. This was our first year tabling at the event, which was great.

The event started at the Boston Common, where people met up and mingled around the gazebo. About 2,000 people turned out for the march. Before dusk, the march hit the streets, making a loop through the Back Bay and returning to the Common. The tone was festive yet defiant. Chants could be heard above the rhythms of the Batucada Belles.

Back at the Common, we held down the NEFAC table, with NEA's, a piece on Queer Liberation and Anarchist Communism, political prisoner info from the Jericho Movement and a flyer in support of the New Jersey 4, a group of working class African-American Lesbians from Newark, NJ who are doing between 3.5 and 11 years in prison for defending themselves against assault. The info was well received, and we were able to raise some funds for the NJ4. As darkness settled in, Zili Mizik opened up the celebration.

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