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This Has Always Been a War

This Has Always Been a War

The Radicalization of a Working-Class Queer

Lori Fox || Paperback || 9781551528779

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Capitalism has infiltrated every aspect of our personal, social, economic, and sexual lives. By examining the politics of gender, environment and sexuality, we can see the ways straight, cis, white, and especially male upper-class people control and subvert the other—queer, non-binary, BIPOC, and female bodies—in order to keep the working lower classes divided. Patriarchy and classism are forms of systemic violence which ensure that the main commodity of capitalism—a large, disposable, cheap, and ideally subjugated work force—is readily available. There is a lot wrong with the ways we live, work, and treat each other.

In essays that are both accessible and inspiring, Lori Fox examines their confrontations with the capitalist patriarchy through their experiences as a queer, non-binary, working-class farm hand, labourer, bartender, bush-worker, and road dog, exploring the ugly places where issues of gender, sexuality, class, and the environment intersect.

In applying the micro to the macro, demonstrating how the personal is political and vice versa, Fox exposes the flaws in believing that this is the only way our society can or should work. Brash, topical, and passionate, This Has Always Been a War is not only a collection of essays, but a series of dispatches from the combative front lines of our present-day culture.

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About the Author

Lori Fox is queer and non-binary journalist, writer and editor based in Whitehorse, Yukon, on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwach’an Council.

Fox’s essays, analysis and reporting frequently appear both online and in print, most recently with The Globe and Mail, VICE World News, The Guardian, Outside, The Narwhal, The Tyee and The Walrus. They write about Northern and environmental issues, queer rights, capitalism, gender and class. Believing that the personal is always political, their creative work, both fiction and nonfiction, is centered on seeing the world as it is, not as we would prefer it to be. As such, much of it is drawn from real, lived — and, often, difficult — experiences. They believe that it is only through radical vulnerability — personal, social, emotional — that we can truly be honest with ourselves and others, and therefore effect change.