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A friend suggested looking up books on Amazon and, upon finding an absent sales rank, using the Feedback form at the bottom of the page to submit a complaint. Every one of the following books had no sales rank listed:
Rent Girl (Michelle Tea)
The Mayor of Castro Street (Randy Shilts)
The Normal Heart (Larry Kramer)
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson)
Trans/forming Feminisms (Krista Scott-Dixon ed.)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Funny Boy (Shyam Selvadurai)
The Line of Beauty (Alan Hollinghurst)
Families We Choose (Kath Weston)
The Motion of Light in Water; Times Square Red, Times Square Blue; Hogg; The Mad Man (Samuel Delany)
Dykes to Watch Out For (Alison Bechdel)
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name (Audre Lorde)
Transmen and FTMs (Jason Cromwell)
The Testosterone Files (Max Wolf Valerio)
Stone Butch Blues (Leslie Feinberg)
Whipping Girl (Julia Serano)
Nobody Passes (Matt Bernstein Sycamore ed.)
Transgender Rights (Paisley Currah ed.)
Self-Made Men (Henry Rubin)
The Transgender Reader (Susan Stryker ed.)
Gender Outlaw (Kate Bornstein)
Becoming a Visible Man (Jamison Green)
Sex Changes (Patrick Califia)

The only queer-related books I looked up that *did* have sales ranks listed were:
Choir Boy (Charlie Anders)
Fun Home, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For (Alison Bechdel) -- note that her earlier books don't have ranks. Apparently, it's OK to be queer as long as you sell more copies than most straight books.
And the Band Played On (Randy Shilts) -- I guess as long as you're writing about queers dying of AIDS, it's safe and non-subversive.
Love, Death and the Changing of the Seasons (Marilyn Hacker)
Valencia (Michelle Tea)
Hard Love (Ellen Wittlinger)

At that point I got bored. Pretty amazing, though.

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Date: 2009-04-13 07:20 pm (UTC)
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See the comments on my most recent post for ideas about that. Also, I find all the comments like "oh, Amazon is headquartered in Seattle, so how could they possibly do something homophobic?" to be strange. First, people who think there are no homophobes in Seattle are pretty naïve. Second, have they never heard of companies changing their policies under threat of boycott by Christian-right groups?

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