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Gays vs queers vs straights vs homosexuals: Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller of the Bad Gays podcast on AEWCH 197

30 Aug

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Friends,

Moving towards the 200th episode of AEWCH, I found myself in the funny realization that I don’t talk about gayness all that much. Partly it’s because I didn’t feel like I had much to say. But the realization deepened into: Wait, why don’t I have anything to say? Why do I feel so un-aligned with “gay stuff?” That itself was something to talk about.

I’ve found the right conversation partners in Huw Lemmey & Ben Miller, hosts of the Bad Gays podcast and authors of Bad Gays: A Homosexual History from Verso.

I’m excited to share this conversation with you, and happy to report that talking with these guys gave me the opportunity to compare sexual liberation with sasquatch.

SHOW NOTES

WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
Not a book, but an essay: “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” by Gayle Rubin. It’s a foundational text for many conversations on sex and queerness and sexuality, so if you haven’t yet read it, go read it!

WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
An earlier but great exploration of “queer” on the show is AEWCH 74 with Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. Andrea and I go all over the place talking about queerness, and find a lot of affinity for each other’s views (and experiences!).

MORE ON HUW & BEN
The best place to start is the Bad Gays website, where you can actually order a t-shirt that says “Evil Twink Energy.” And do support their patreon here. If that’s not enough for you, never fear, Huw has three novels out which we didn’t even get around to talking about. Here’s a link to Huw’s substack, which has links to all his work.

Until next time friends,
Be gay!
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