Nobody Passes

Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity

By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms.

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$16.99 USD
December 2006
360 pages
5.5" x 8.25"
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Trade Paper Original

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ISBN: 9781580051842

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ISBN: 9780786750573

Nobody Passes

Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity

By Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore (editor)

$16.99 USD, Trade Paper Original, December 2006

Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. Nobody Passes explores and critiques the various systems of power seen (or not seen) in the act of “passing.” In a pass/fail situation, standards for acceptance may vary, but somebody always gets trampled on. This anthology seeks to eliminate the pressure to pass and thereby unearth the delicious and devastating opportunities for transformation that might create.

Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore has a history of editing anthologies based on brazen nonconformity and gender defiance. Nobody Passes is a cutting edge exploration of the very topical issue of passing. First-person narratives, critical essays, conversations, and polemics skewer cultural norms to open space for those increasingly marginalized in a polarized political culture. From activism to academia, immigration to appropriation, disability culture to trans communities, this anthology challenges standards of authenticity and destroys notions of acceptability. Mattilda sets out to ask the question, “What lies are people forced to tell in order to gain acceptance as ‘real’?” The answers are as varied as the life experiences of the writers who tackle this urgent and essential topic.

About Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore (editor)

Mattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore is the author of a novel, Pulling Taffy, and the editor of three nonfiction anthologies. Most recently, Mattilda edited That’s revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, a finalist for a 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Mattilda is an instigator with Gay Shame: A Virus in the System, a radical queer activist group that fights the monster of assimilation. The Austin Chronicle calls her “a cross between Tinkerbell and honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda.”