Stallings’s report from the New South chronicles the region as the front of the new sex wars. Focusing on issues of reproductive freedom, HIV/AIDS, and partner and transgender rights, Stallings, professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University and author of Mutha' is Half a Word! and Funk the Erotic, shows how the New South has become a dystopia for groups such as the sexually and gender marginalized and the racially oppressed; at the same time, the struggle for freedom and equality has spurred the rise of anti-racist, decolonial, and transnational sexual resistance expanding outward from the region.
Author of The Latino Body and co-editor of Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, Lima in his new book restores the story of Sonia Sotomayor’s life and accomplishments to its full context, presenting her achievements as due in part to civil rights policies and social programs that no longer exist. Tracing what was left out when Sotomayor took her seat on the Supreme Court, Lima argues that turning the Justice into a “possibility model” erases the reality of Latinx experience in an increasingly racist country. Detailing the vast odds against Sotomayor’s success, Lima shows that understanding the Latinx body politic—the country’s largest “minority majority”—is crucial to the nation’s future.