Against Ageism: A Queer Manifesto starts with what it is not: it is not a socio-economic argument against ageism, celebrating “the elderly” as economically viable. Author Simon(e) van Saarloos is not interested in natural arguments about age, which portray different age groups as valuable because of assumed inherent qualities. Instead, this manifesto starts with an experience of childhood sexual abuse, and moves on to dissect the ways in which constructions of “age” and “youth” function to support and reproduce white supremacist patriarchy. The book includes two reproductions of works by painter Samantha Nye.
Amsterdam book launch with a conversation between curator Megan Hoetger, artist Sands Murray-Wassink and author Simon(e) van Saarloos on ageism, trans time, intergenerational intimacies, queer art, citation and archiving, anal terror, criminalization and consent.