The GenderFail Reader is an anthology publication series that includes essays published in our GenderFail Reader series.  Each printing of the The GenderFail Reader will be printed in an edition of 100. This first edition of The GenderFail Reader includes essays published in GenderFail Reader 1 and GenderFail Reader 2. Over time, The GenderFail Reader will grow as an unfinished introduction to our work and each new edition will include new essays are added from future Publishing of our Genderfail Reader Series.


The GenderFail Reader is intended for new readers and folks that stumble upon GenderFail and want to read and engage with our works. The works included in ED.1 of The GenderFail Reader span work created from 2017-2020 by Founder Be Oakley and Editor Noah LeBien. This anthology includes 16 essays including: Failure as Futuremaking, Queer Occupations, Queer Accomplices: This is not another photo of the gay male body, Stonewall was a Riot Against Police Brutality, The Violence Of Naming, Betraying Authority: Notes On Queer Art & Poetry, Ragnorak, Being an Instrument, Douche, The New Kid, Collective Self Isolations:

Resistance In the Care of Others, My Pronoun (Card) #1, Mother Nature is a Lesbian, i am your worst fear i am your best fantasy and In Defense of the Softcover Books in the GenderFail Archive.


Be Oakley, (formally known as Brett Suemnicht) Born 1991 in Clearwater, Florida; is an writer, facilitator and publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. Oakley's projects looks to what Fred Moten calls "the politics of the mess" by framing their identity as a white non-binary queer person in its intersections with failure and internationality. In 2015 they started GenderFail, a publishing and programming initiative that seeks to encourage projects that foster an intersectional queer subjectivity. Their work has been shown in programs and exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (NYC), the Studio Museum of Harlem, The International Center of Photography (NYC), Vox Populi and Sediment Arts. Their publications can be found in the library collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Met Museum, The Center for Book Arts and many others.


The Genderfail Reader

Essays by Be Oakley and Noah LeBien

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GenderFail Reader