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Conflict is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman
Let’s read a book by Sarah Schulman that’s become a lightning rod in queer and activist community discussions. People have found this book healing, infuriating, and sometimes both; we’re hoping it’s food for thought and fuel for good conversation. From the publisher’s website, “From intimate relationships to global politics, Sarah Schulman observes a continuum: that inflated accusations of harm are used to avoid accountability. Illuminating the difference between Conflict and Abuse, Schulman directly addresses our contemporary culture of scapegoating. “This deep, brave, and bold work reveals how punishment replaces personal and collective self-criticism, and shows why difference is so often used to justify cruelty and shunning. Rooting the problem of escalation in negative group relationships, Schulman illuminates the ways cliques, communities, families, and religious, racial, and national groups bond through the refusal to change their self-concept. She illustrates how Supremacy behavior and Traumatized behavior resemble each other, through a shared inability to tolerate difference.” For more information, see Hope to see you there!

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    Are you a queer theory nerd? Let's meet up to read and talk about queer theory, drink wine/coffee/kombucha/beverage of your choice and meet new friends. All genders and sexualities welcome. Meetings are usually in the East Bay but sometimes in SF; we're always looking for location suggestions so don't be shy to email Ian! We also have a Facebook group if you prefer to interact with us that way (events are posted at the same time to both groups):

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