As a poet and essayist, my work is rooted in the impact feminism has had on my life as a man, particularly as a survivor of childhood sexual violence. As a literary co-translator, I write about the relevance of classical Persian poetry to our contemporary lives.
It’s hard to write about craft when you’re talking about a translation, especially if you can’t read the original, because it’s not always possible to know whose craft you’re talking about, the translator’s or the author’s. So, for example, while reading Alexis Levitin’s translation of Rosa Alice Branco’s Cattle of the Lord, I found myself […]
Think of a judicial system that not only favors heterosexuality but reserves its favor for specific types of heterosexuality: not S/M—that could cost you your kids; not polyfidelity—that could cost you your kids too; not for pay—that could cost you your kids and put you in jail. Think of the African-American, Latino, and Chinese men who have been lynched for the mere suspicion of looking at a white woman. Whatever biological ground our bodies provide, “male lust” is clearly a highly regulated—and therefore social—affair, shaped through a deployed and nearly ubiquitous series of sticks and carrots. Removing these pressures, or adopting a different set, would radically change the way we think about the social/biological categories “male” and “sexuality.”
—Kerwin Kay, “Introduction” in Male Lust: Pleasure, Power, and Transformation
What Does It Mean For Men to Stand With Women When It Comes to Sexual Violence? An Open Letter to Ravi Shankar
Dear Ravi, I was part of the discussion on Annie Finch’s blog last October, when she identified you as a man who had sexually assaulted her in the past. I am writing this open letter to you now because I want, however belatedly, to accept the invitation you extended in the title of your response […]