One of the most pertinent analytic and practical questions of our time appears again to be formed as a problematization of being attached to, while still resisting, the cruel allure of heteronormativity. How can one escape (re)producing toxic norms, which are part and parcel of a heterosexual culture, without acknowledging that these are attached to elicited promises of obtaining privileges necessary not only for survival but also for all those material, affective, and bodily desires integral to securing safety, comfort, love, and happiness, that is, a “good” life? The unavoidable fantasy of making “it,” even when (purposely or not) failing in “it,” appears to me to be the inescapable focus of all the articles in this studious edited volume. But what is this “it” exactly, or else what does heteronormativity entail?

From its outset, Sertaç Sehlikoglu and Frank G. Karioris’s volume warns readers about the tacit yet tangible effects and...

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