The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance

The Groom Will Keep His Name: And Other Vows I've Made About Race, Resistance, and Romance

by Matt Ortile

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Overview

A riotous collection of "witty and captivating" essays by a gay Filipino immigrant in America who is learning that everything is about sex (Bitch Magazine) -- and sex is about power.
When Matt Ortile moved from Manila to Las Vegas, the locals couldn't pronounce his name. Harassed as a kid for his brown skin, accent, and femininity, he believed he could belong in America by marrying a white man and shedding his Filipino identity. This was the first myth he told himself. The Groom Will Keep His Name explores the various tales Ortile spun about what it means to be a Vassar Girl, an American Boy, and a Filipino immigrant in New York looking to build a home.
As we meet and mate, we tell stories about ourselves, revealing not just who we are, but who we want to be. Ortile recounts the relationships and whateverships that pushed him to confront his notions of sex, power, and the model minority myth. Whether swiping on Grindr, analyzing DMs, or cruising steam rooms, Ortile brings us on his journey toward radical self-love with intelligence, wit, and his heart on his sleeve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541762800
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 261,852
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Matt Ortile is the managing editor of Catapult. His writing has been published by BuzzFeed, Into, Self, and Out, among others. He lives in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

Barong Tagalog 1

Queen Beds 33

Reading the Stars 63

Rice Queens, Dairy Queens 85

Vassar Girl 117

To Be Asked 153

Shared Histories 181

Balikbayan 209

To Live Alone 251

The Groom Will Keep His Name 275

Acknowledgments 321

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