Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance 5th Edition
This new 5th edition features an extended essay by Be Oakley featuring translations of “Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance”. The book features five written works from Be Oakley, Lora Mathis, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Noah LeBien and Kimi Hanauer on how the statement "Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance" resonates with their practice.
“In this, “Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance” is not a utopian idea but rather one that tries to grapple with the unique realities we face. It signals and celebrates how we each come to resistance by allowing us to define these terms for ourselves. As with every GenderFail project I do everything in the production of the book, acting as editor, printer, binder and distributor. A publishing practice is such an intimate process and I am so proud of this publication created with such little resources. Similarly, the content of my publishing practice engages with another type of resistance in how it is physically disseminated. Radical and minority writers, activists and artists perform resistance through disseminated texts/published materials that represent their identities in public. They insert themselves into publics through the political act of authorship, often because they cannot actually be “public” in the way that able-bodied, white cisgendered people can. The publishing (of publications like the one you’re holding, reading online or have photocopied) slows down the flow of information and allows for the reader to rest, digest and define ideas in their own terms. Special thanks to TXTbooks for letting us use your studio to print this." --Be Oakley
Edition of 200.