Hey! We are two radical gay men who have come together to put together a zine about consent as it relates to sex between men. Although there is an exciting and growing body of writing about consent in queer and non-queer contexts, we have identified a disheartening lack of resources or perspectives about the particular complexities of negotiating sex and consent with gay men, queer men, and other men who have sex with men.
Although we know our zine won’t be exhaustive, we hope that by inviting more voices to contribute we can create a more useful document to share with our community and beyond.
Thus we are seeking submissions of all kinds, but primarily writing, that considers the question of consent. We encourage all cis and trans* gay men, queer men, and men who have sex with men to submit stories, practices, questions, essays, musings, poems, and whatever else about this issue.
Feel free to write about anything you’d like to that you think is relevant! However, we have come up with a few topics and questions that we are curious about:
— verbal vs. non verbal consent
— discretion, the closet, and consent
— public touching, unwelcome touching
— HIV and consent
— consent and oppression, consent and privilege, consent and race, class, ability, etc.
— how does public cruising affect the use of consent?
— how does the internet affect the use of consent?
— how does sexual health affect consent?
— what is the relationship between the history of cruising and the current use of consent?
— what is the connection between sex positivity and the use of consent?
— how does actively talking about consent interact with some cultures of promiscuity or hooking up?
If you’d like to submit something, or have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric) or email@example.com (Jonathan). The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30, 2014.
Please distribute this call far and wide!
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