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Some interview partners sought out communities according to cultural or political affinities rather than those based on sexual or gender identity. Genderqueer Firesong generally questioned the concept of identitybased communities: ‘I do have a resistance to identity-based community in those kinds of ways. ’ A certain identity may hold different meanings for individuals, and for Firesong the solution was to ‘build a coalition and solidarity. I don’t wanna make assumptions about what we have in common, unless I know that that’s true’.

Agentic feminism: The feminist BDSM controversy The controversy over BDSM among feminists dates back at least as early as 1976, when it was first documented (Linden 1982: 3), and continues today (see Bauer 2008a). In 1980, the ‘National Organization for Women’ (NOW) passed a resolution stating that NOW rejected BDSM because it violates feminist principles (Wright 2006: 219). In 1996, BDSM members of NOW launched a campaign to revise its anti-SM policy, resulting in its being revoked in 1999 (223).

According to my US interview partners, the term ‘genderqueer’ was originally invented to express a queered gender position. While genderqueers do not identify full-time as either men or women, they do not conceive of themselves as being in the middle of a spectrum, or as androgynous either. Their gender can be fluid or shifting, and multiple at the same time, which means that their positioning within a variety of genders depends on the context. Today, genderqueer is sometimes also used as an umbrella term for all kinds of queer genders, including trans∗ , butch and femme individuals (see Nestle et al.

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