Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

September 29, 2009

Thurs 10/1: Sexuality & Socialism!

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:38 pm
Meet-up with the Barnard/Columbia branch of the ISO at the gates (116th and Broadway) at 6pm this Thursday to talk politics and travel together to Sherry Wolf’s National Speaking Tour: Sexuality and Socialism!

Haymarket Books Presents

A National Speaking Tour with Author & Activist

Sherry Wolf

Sexuality and Socialism: The Struggle for LGBT Liberation

Thursday, Oct. 1  7:00 PM
LGBT Community Center
208 W. 13th St.
Take the A,C,E,1,2,3,F or V train to 14th Street


Come to a Public Forum to discuss the history, politics and theory of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender oppression and how we can fight to end it.
And find out how you can get involved in mobilizing for the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. on October 11, 2009

Get the facts! Read the book! Go to the march!

For march details, go to

Sherry Wolf is author of Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics & Theory of LGBT Liberation. Wolf is associate editor of the International Socialist Review, and member of the National Equality March Steering Committee. She has written for publications includingMRZineCounterPunchDissidentVoice, and New Politics, and speaks across the country on the struggle for LGBT liberation.



Praise for Sexuality and Socialism:
“No other work that comes to my mind explains the history of sexuality and sexual repression in the United States as comprehensively and compellingly.”

—Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch
“‘What humans have constructed they can tear down.’ This is the powerful insight of this rare book that is at once politically important, theoretically and historically sophisticated, and clearly written. Sexuality and Socialism is enlivened in its engagement with a number of controversies, including those over the alleged biological determination of homosexuality, the myth of Black homophobia, and the consequences of postmodernist theories for the politics of gay liberation. Above all else, Wolf puts forward a cogent defense of the Marxist tradition—long and wrongly reviled as homophobic in itself—as a way to explain how LGBT oppression arose and what we can do to put it to bed.”

—Dana Cloud, University of Texas at Austin
Sherry Wolf is also available for interviews. To request an interview or review copy of the book, please contact Sarah Macaraeg, 773-583-7884 (office), or 312-315-8476 (cell).
About Sexuality and Socialism:

The movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights has greatly expanded sexual freedom, but many challenges confront the struggle for equality. Sexuality and Socialism offers an accessible analysis of many of the most challenging questions for those concerned with full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Inside are essays on the roots of LGBT oppression, the construction of sexual and gender identities, the history of the gay movement, and how to unite the oppressed and exploited to win sexual liberation for all. Sherry Wolf analyzes different theories about oppression—including those of Marxism, postmodernism, identity politics, and queer theory—and challenges myths about genes, gender, and sexuality.

What would sexual liberation mean? We can, perhaps, agree on what must disappear—institutional and legal discrimination against LGBT people, fixed gender roles and sexual identities, legal constraints on consensual sex, and social repression of sexual experimentation, etc. While many of us dream of a world in which we are free to do as we choose with our bodies and sex lives, living under capitalism, where sex is bought and sold, bodies objectified, and relationships constrained by material forces out of our control, it seems that even our fantasies must be limited somewhat by the world in which we live.

from Sexuality and Socialism


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