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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 s 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 createMattilda, aka Matt Bernstein Syca, has a history of editing anthologies based on brazen nonconformity and gender defiance 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 There were a couple essays I had to skip because of triggering content, but overall this is a really good collection, with a lot of sincere and very vulnerable parts I cried a couple times It was really interesting seeing all the different ways the authors explored the concept of passing and not just issues related to being trans , as well as how passing has affected the authors lives and their perceptions of themselves The essays by people of multiple ethnicities were often the most enga There were a couple essays I had to skip because of triggering content, but overall this is a really good collection, with a lot of sincere and very vulnerable parts I cried a couple times It was really interesting seeing all the different ways the authors explored the concept of passing and not just issues related to being trans , as well as how passing has affected the authors lives and their perceptions of themselves The essays by people of multiple ethnicities were often the most engaging, especially when those people also identified as trans and or nonbinary There was this part in F2Mestizo , by Logan Gutierrez Mock, in which he mentions going to a meeting with the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center LYRIC In one activity, the people who showed up were separated into two groups white folks and folks of color in order to discuss race I didn t know what group to join , Logan writes, so I asked one of the facilitators She was mixed, and thankfully she suggested that we form our own mixed group she and I For the first time ever in my life, I had a discussion about mixed race identities That was a part that made me cry they were happy tears, though, like a lot of the ones I shed while reading this p 25 All Mixed Up With No Place To Go Inhabiting Mixed Consciousness on the Margins by Nico DacumosDacumos talks about going to Smith College being a brown, low income Looking back, I feel sorry for all of us All of us, white students and students of color, economically privileged and poor, queer and straight, transgender and nontransgender, found ourselves in an overwhelming situation with no one to help us navigate the difficult negotiations and acts of violence that occur when people p 25 All Mixed Up With No Place To Go Inhabiting Mixed Consciousness on the Margins by Nico DacumosDacumos talks about going to Smith College being a brown, low income Looking back, I feel sorry for all of us All of us, white students and students of color, economically privileged and poor, queer and straight, transgender and nontransgender, found ourselves in an overwhelming situation with no one to help us navigate the difficult negotiations and acts of violence that occur when people from all these different communitites suddently find themselves in close quarters U.S society, after all, continues to be starkly segregated along class and race lines, never allowing people to have the sort of interactions necessary to undo prejudices, stereotypes, and oppressions However, my empathy only lasts so long I remember my own experiences and those of other people I know who attended private liberal arts colleges There is nothing like luring low income and first generation college attendee students of color to an institution like Smith College and then subjecting them to white, sheltered, economically privileged people to inspire thoughts of suicide and or homicide Ultimately, the white and economically privileged students benefit from this experience They learn how to be good liberals and ocmport themselves in ways that conceal their complicity with white supremacy they find their lives enriched by diversity Meanwhile, students of color and poor students suffer lifelong emotional scars and face the hard truths of why they were recruited so heavily to attend these institutions in the first place At best, students of color and poor students learn how to pass themselves off in polite white society so that they can get a job at a large corporation or a nonprofit organization, perhaps learn how to invest money in the capitalist system, and other American Dream type skills that are meant only to benefit the individual and leave the rich poor gap, institutionalized racism, and U.S status quo intact Also photocopied Dean Spade s essay I think it has something to do with the work I want to do Terre Thaemlitz Both marriage and visas are systems of economics not romance They are neither about the loving romance between individuals nor the patriotic romance between an individual and her nation of choice They are means of social entry and participation And, although one might wish to conclude that participating in the matrimonial system somehow standardizes a transgendered person s relationship to dominant culture and economics, the reality is that matrimony and the spousal visa system still bind us to stereotypes of transgendered subsistence and labor revolving around sex work in this case, the spouse as whore Unable to buy our way into a country, we find ourselves fucking our way in p 185 Sometimes, I have trouble reading non fiction at a decent pace I m farof a fiction reader, and so it is usually very easy for me to take weeks to finish a book like this.Except I read all of this one in less than three days, because it was that awesome.Like all collections of this sort, there were some essays that weren t quite as good as the others In this case, though, there wasn t a single one I thought was bad just some that were vaguely incoherent in what they were trying to say B Sometimes, I have trouble reading non fiction at a decent pace I m farof a fiction reader, and so it is usually very easy for me to take weeks to finish a book like this.Except I read all of this one in less than three days, because it was that awesome.Like all collections of this sort, there were some essays that weren t quite as good as the others In this case, though, there wasn t a single one I thought was bad just some that were vaguely incoherent in what they were trying to say But mixed among them were some truly outstanding and moving pieces It s a really diverse and interesting collection that deals with passing in all sorts of ways gender, sexuality, race, religion, and beyond No matter what your identity, there s almost certainly something here that will speak to you Some of the essays affected me so powerfully, I felt unable to put the book down even for a second until I was done.This is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend it I really wanted to like this book I love the work that Mattilda does to fight assimilation and the erasure of an honest queer culture I find stories of how people are read by others and how that structures and shapes interactions to be fascinating I quite purposefully don t pass as much and when I do, I m always a bit amused at the interaction I ll be honest this book was A LOT OF WHINING And posturing I don t need to read pages about how you are really butch or really biracial jus I really wanted to like this book I love the work that Mattilda does to fight assimilation and the erasure of an honest queer culture I find stories of how people are read by others and how that structures and shapes interactions to be fascinating I quite purposefully don t pass as much and when I do, I m always a bit amused at the interaction I ll be honest this book was A LOT OF WHINING And posturing I don t need to read pages about how you are really butch or really biracial just say you are and talk about how it affects your social interactions with various groups Ugh It was like almost every story was a preface to something that was about to get interesting but too long a preface Really, I wish Mattilda just wrote the whole thing because she s farinteresting a writer than anyone here I commend her to to giving a voice to such a broad spectrum of people in terms of what it means to pass not pass but, with a couple of exceptions, her generosity led to a really boring book