So Mayer

So Mayer is the author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (IB Tauris, 2015) and The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love (Wallflower, 2009), and of (O) (Arc, 2015), The Private Parts of Girls (Salt, 2011) and Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman, 2008). With Sarah Crewe, they co-edited Glitter is a Gender (Contraband, 2013) and Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot (English PEN, 2012) and co-wrote signs of the sistership (kfs, 2013). So works with queer feminist film curators Club des Femmes and with Raising Films, a campaign and community for parents and carers in the UK film industry.


‘I do not want him to be comfortable. I do not want you to be comfortable … A table may stop. A heart may stop. Something.’

In this kaleidoscopic return to 1996, So Mayer explores emerging queer desire, ‘self’-hood and sex via song lyrics, Britpop heroines, Patrick Swayze and Shinjuku Boys.

We honour the feminist queer work and the lasting legacy of Dr Katharina Lindner, who passed away in early 2019.


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