Sherry Wolf is a public speaker, writer and activist who is the Associate Editor of the International Socialist Review where she has written on U.S. imperialism, gender, sexuality and the history of the left. She is also the author of Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of LGBT Liberation (Haymarket Books, named one of the Progressive’s “Favorite Books of 2009”). Wolf speaks on a range of topics including sexuality and socialism, gender and sports, and on the struggle for Palestine.
Wolf is active in social and economic justice organizing and many international solidarity efforts; she served on the Executive Committee of the 250,000-strong National Equality March, Oct. 11, 2009. Contact Sherry at: sherrywolf2000 at yahoo.com or find her on Facebook.
What Folks Say About Sherry:
“Sherry Wolf: Lesbian, Activist, Communist & Badass-ist… spoke to a pre-National Equality March rally. She. Blew. It. Up.”—Austin Chronicle
“Sherry’s my favorite fire-breathing, Marxist dyke!”— Cleve Jones, “The Struggle for LGBT Liberation,” Oct. 10, 2009, Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C.
Profiled in CURVE (“The best-selling lesbian magazine”), June 2010, “Out of the Mainstream: Three Women Who Challenge the Dominant Paradigm”
“The icons of the new generation of activists are people like Lady Gaga, Dustin Lance Black, Judy Shephard, Lt. Daniel Choi (ret.) and Sherry Wolf (author of Sexuality and Socialism).” —Don Gorton, Join the Impact Board Member
“Sherry Wolf knows her stuff, and delivers smart political analysis with astonishing dynamism and wit that will have you out of your seat and laughing until you cry. Her rip-roaring presentations–about the failure of liberal politics today to deliver real change for minorities, gays and lesbians, immigrants, and the poor–are great for many audiences, including students and activists. Bring her in to speak—You’ll learn more than you bargained for and leave the auditorium wanting to change the world.”—Dana Cloud, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Texas at Austin
“Sherry Wolf’s analysis of the LGBTQ Movement is most welcome, especially her forceful understanding of how the two powers of unity and mutual respect lead on to inclusion and wider success. I also welcome the responsible way Ms. Wolf takes on the task of understanding issues like Gender Identity, knowing she will bring her full self to the job, do her best, and remain open to learning more. Not every theorist and historian who comes to our work can claim such a willingness to both teach and learn! And it is very clear that what guides her is a focus on how this learning and teaching can be directly connected to the real struggles we face in the world.”—Marsha Botzer, Founder, Ingersoll Gender Center
“Thinking of inviting Sherry Wolf to your campus? You should—and right away. Sherry has that rare ability to make big ideas accessible to diverse audiences, and to do so in a way that invites people to think along with her to open up dynamic and challenging conversations. What’s more, Sherry brings humility, confidence, and a sharp sense of humor, to her presentations that will keep everyone engaged. A variety of faculty, staff and student LGBT associations brought Sherry to speak about her book at Michigan State University in February 2010. The room was packed with students and other members of the university community. Her visit was worth every penny of the (already modest) speaker’s fee.” —Jeff Bale, Professor of Second Language Education, Faculty Liaison to GLFSA, MSU’s LGBT faculty and staff association, Michigan State University
What Folks Say About Sexuality and Socialism:
“Sherry Wolf’s little purple book is the operator’s manual for a post-90′s LGBT liberation movement. It shouldn’t be read so much as carried, in backpacks and jacket pockets, on bus rides to marches; not shelved but passed, with meaningful glances and endearing words from hand to working hand. It is a text of purpose, ‘a guide to action.’ May every volume be well-used.” —Amy Grishek, Rain Taxi
“Nobody writes about the politics of sexuality with greater force, insight, and wit than Sherry Wolf. Her work as a social and cultural historian is extremely well-informed and empowered by her dynamic activism. Sexuality and Socialism is an indispensable resource.”—William Keach, Professor of English, Brown University
“Surprisingly funny, very readable and a fitting tome for a new movement in these troubled times.”—Dave Zirin for Progressive‘s Favorite Books of 2009
“‘What humans have constructed they can tear down.’ This is the powerful insight of this rare book that is at once politically important, theoretically and historically sophisticated, and clearly written. Sexuality and Socialism is enlivened in its engagement with a number of controversies, including those over the alleged biological determination of homosexuality, the myth of Black homophobia, and the consequences of postmodernist theories for the politics of gay liberation. Above all else, Wolf puts forward a cogent defense of the Marxist tradition—long and wrongly reviled as homophobic in itself—as a way to explain how LGBT oppression arose and what we can do to put it to bed.”—Dana Cloud, University of Texas at Austin
“Into this moment comes Sherry Wolf’s Sexuality and Socialism, a manifesto of mobilization and equality that matches the challenges of the present with a far-reaching vision of social and sexual liberation inspired by the spirit of Stonewall and the sex-affirmative liberatory socialist tradition.” —Christopher Phelps, Ohio State University
“One doesn’t have to be a Marxist—or gay—to appreciate Sherry Wolf’s well-written analysis of the campaign for LGBT rights from a socialist perspective. Sexuality and Socialism is a useful history for anyone engaged in the struggle for both sexual liberation and economic justice.”—Cleve Jones, Harvey Milk’s collaborator, founder of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt