Unsafe Words: Queering Consent in the #MeToo Era (Q+ Public) (Paperback)

Unsafe Words: Queering Consent in the #MeToo Era (Q+  Public) By Shantel Gabrieal Buggs (Editor), Trevor Hoppe (Editor), Angela Jones (Contributions by), Alexander Cheves (Contributions by), Trevor Hoppe (Contributions by), Jane Ward (Contributions by), Gloria González-López (Contributions by), Anahi Russo Garrido (Contributions by), Mistress Velvet (Contributions by), D.S. Trumbull (Contributions by), Blu Buchanan (Contributions by), Shantel Gabrieal Buggs (Contributions by), James McMaster (Contributions by), Mark S. King (Contributions by), V. Jo Hsu (Contributions by), Dominique Morgan (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Shantel Gabrieal Buggs (Editor), Trevor Hoppe (Editor), Angela Jones (Contributions by), Alexander Cheves (Contributions by), Trevor Hoppe (Contributions by), Jane Ward (Contributions by), Gloria González-López (Contributions by), Anahi Russo Garrido (Contributions by), Mistress Velvet (Contributions by), D.S. Trumbull (Contributions by), Blu Buchanan (Contributions by), Shantel Gabrieal Buggs (Contributions by), James McMaster (Contributions by), Mark S. King (Contributions by), V. Jo Hsu (Contributions by), Dominique Morgan (Contributions by)
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Description


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.

About the Author


SHANTEL GABRIEAL BUGGS is an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at Florida State University. Her research on how race, gender, and technology shape romantic and sexual relationships has appeared in such journals as Sociological InquiryIdentities, and the Journal of Marriage and Family
 
TREVOR HOPPE is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His research analyzes the social control of sex by institutions of medicine, law, and public health. He is the author of Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness and co-editor of The War on Sex.

Praise For…


"Reading Unsafe Words and the ways the various essays reckon with the #MeToo movement filled a need that had been lacking, a return to the hashtag and a pulling apart of what its focus had become. The essays in this book take a deep-dive into multiple facets of consent, grapple with white supremacy and mass incarceration and carceral attitudes within the queer community, talk about repair after harm, and reflect on situations where it’s unclear whether or how or to whom harm occurred. I found the book challenging in the best ways at times." 
— Autostraddle

"With this dazzling collection of meditations and provocations from leading scholars in the field of sexuality studies, Unsafe Words offers something we desperately need: a place to ask the queer questions about consent that dare not speak their names. Can consent be queered? What happens when queer and feminist sexual politics clash over questions of consent? How does the prevailing consent paradigm perpetuate the harms of the criminal legal system and thwart more just possibilities for redress? This is a must-read for both activists and scholars of sexual ethics alike." 
— Cati Connell

"Unsafe Words provides many urgently needed, generative, and useful ways to think about sexual ethics beyond the punitive, and lets the kinds of people whose sex lives were never destigmatized (or even decriminalized) lead readers in asking better questions."
— Steven W. Thrasher


Product Details
ISBN: 9781978825406
ISBN-10: 1978825404
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: February 10th, 2023
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: Q+ Public