Events

Book Club (Queer Theme): Queering Fat Embodiment edited by Cat Pause et al

downloadDate: Th, 15 Mar 2018, 8pm-10pm

Book: Cultural anxieties about fatness and the attendant stigmatisation of fat bodies, have lent a medical authority and cultural legitimacy to what can be described as ’fat-phobia’. Against the backdrop of the ever-growing medicalisation, pathologisation, and commodification of fatness, coupled with the moral panic over an alleged ’obesity epidemic’, this volume brings together the latest scholarship from various critical disciplines to challenge existing ideas of fat and fat embodiment.

Shedding light on the ways in which fat embodiment is lived, experienced, regulated and (re)produced across a range of cultural sites and contexts, Queering Fat Embodiment destabilises established ideas about fat bodies, making explicit the intersectionality of fat identities and thereby countering the assertion that fat studies has in recent years reproduced a white, ableist, heteronormative subjectivity in its analyses. A critical queer examination on fatness, Queering Fat Embodiment will be of interest to scholars of cultural and queer theory, sociology and media studies, working on questions of embodiment, stigmatisation and gender and sexuality.

Please read Chapter 1 (“Introduction,” pp 1-12), Chapter 2 (“Queering Body Size and Shape” pp 13-27), Chapter 6 (“Chubby Boys With Strap-Ons,” pp 61-75), Chapter 7 (“Causing a Commotion,” pp. 75-88), and Chapter 8 (“Flaunting Fat,” pp 89-96). A total of only 70 pages but if you’re interested in other chapters, please go ahead and read it.

Place: Tom N Tom
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SOCIALS IN APRIL


Book Club (Gay Theme): Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Saenz 

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire SáenzDate: May, 8pm.

Book: The book won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2013, making Sáenz the first Latino writer ever to win the award, and also won a Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Fiction category at the 2013 Lambda Literary Awards. It was also named at a 2014 Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association.

The book compiles seven short stories, all set in the Hispanic/Latino community in El Paso, Texas in the United States and its neighbouring city of Juárez, Chihuahua in Mexico.

The Kentucky Club, a real-life bar a few blocks south of the border crossing in Juárez, appears in all seven stories as a linking motif. In addition, all seven stories touch in some way on themes of survival, of trying to live through pain, grief and loss and of the struggle to find and maintain love, both within the protagonists’ birth families and in their sexual or romantic relationships. Several also touch on the outbreak of violent crime that engulfed Juárez in the 1990s, and the ways in which that fractured the interrelated cross-border culture of the two cities.

Place: Tom N Tom
Icon Village, 10 Gopeng Street.
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Movie Club (Lesbian Theme): Naked Killer (1992)

Naked_KillerDate: Jun 2018.

Movie: Naked Killer (Chinese: 赤裸羔羊) is a 1992 Hong Kong film written and produced by Wong Jing, and directed by Clarence Fok Yiu-leung. The film stars Chingmy Yau, Simon Yam and Carrie Ng.

The film is widely regarded as a cult classic.

Please watch the movie by yourself first and then come to discuss it.

Place: Tom N Tom
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PINK DOT/SOCIALS IN JULY


Book Club (Queer Theme): Queer Singapore edited by Audrey Yue and Jun Pow

queer-singaporeDate: Aug 2018.

Book: As a patriotic group, we decided to read Queer Singapore in the month of National Day.

Singapore remains one of the few countries in Asia that has yet to decriminalise homosexuality. Yet it has also been hailed by many as one of the emerging gay capitals of Asia. This collection analyses how contemporary queer Singapore has emerged against a contradictory backdrop of sexual repression and cultural liberalisation.

Please read Introduction (1-28), Chapter 5 (“Transnational Lesbian Identities,” 83-96), Chapter 7 (“Photo Essay: A Brief History of Early Gay Venues in Singapore,” 117-148), Chapter 8 (“The Negative Dialectics of Homonationalism,” 149-160), Chapter 9 (“Impossible Presence,” 161-174), and Chapter 10 (“The Kids Are Not All Right,” 175-187).  If you’re interested in other chapters, please go ahead and read it.

Place: Tom N Tom
Icon Village, 10 Gopeng Street.
Please wait outside Tom N Tom cafe and we’ll proceed somewhere private. Please be on time.

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Book or Movie (Gay theme) – Sept


Book or Movie (Lesbian theme) – Oct


Book Club (Queer Theme): Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking by Tim Dean

9780226139395Date: Nov 2018

Book: Barebacking—when gay men deliberately abandon condoms and embrace unprotected sex—has incited a great deal of shock, outrage, anger, and even disgust, but very little contemplation. Purposely flying in the face of decades of safe-sex campaigning and HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives, barebacking is unquestionably radical behavior, behavior that most people would rather condemn than understand. Thus the time is ripe for Unlimited Intimacy, Tim Dean’s riveting investigation into barebacking and the distinctive subculture that has grown around it.

Audacious and undeniably provocative, Dean’s profoundly reflective account is neither a manifesto nor an apology; instead, it is a searching analysis that tests the very limits of the study of sex in the twenty-first century. Dean’s extensive research into the subculture provides a tour of the scene’s bars, sex clubs, and Web sites; offers an explicit but sophisticated analysis of its pornography; and documents his own personal experiences in the culture. But ultimately, it is HIV that animates the controversy around barebacking, and Unlimited Intimacy explores how barebackers think about transmitting the virus—especially the idea that deliberately sharing it establishes a new network of kinship among the infected. According to Dean, intimacy makes us vulnerable, exposes us to emotional risk, and forces us to drop our psychological barriers. As a committed experiment in intimacy without limits—one that makes those metaphors of intimacy quite literal—barebacking thus says a great deal about how intimacy works.

Please read “Introduction” (pp. 1-47), and if you can, Chapter 1 (pp. 48-96). If you’re interested in other chapters, please go ahead and read it.

Place: Tom N Tom
Icon Village, 10 Gopeng Street.
Please wait outside Tom N Tom cafe and we’ll proceed somewhere private.

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4 responses to “Events

  1. joyce

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  2. Hi! We are at Tom N Tom but cannot find you! Where are you guys? xx

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