Twink Revolution

Marxism with Twink Characteristics

About

We started Twink Revolution as a podcast in 2019 in the hopes of injecting a little bit of gay levity into the increasingly self-serious left-wing discourse machine. Since then, we’ve found an increasing need in the world for more camp, more theatricality, and more… twinkiness. We’ve adjusted our approach accordingly and are now publishing written works in our quest to subject everyone to our world view.

What’s a twink, you ask? Urban Dictionary provides this helpful definition:

An attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man. The stereotypical twink is 18-22, slender with little or no body hair, often blonde, dresses in club wear even at 10:00 AM, and is not particularly intelligent. A twink is the gay answer to the blonde bimbo cheerleader.

Urban Dictionary: Twink

“Not particularly intelligent” might seem like a drawback, at first, but that’s smart person logic talking. Where has that got us? It hasn’t won any meaningful victories recently, nor has it brought a lot of comfort or joy to those who employ it in the discourse wars.

Twinks are often held up as some kind of ideal—of physical perfection, or as objects of desire—yet they are often regarded with cruel disdain by those who most desire them. In this sense, they are the most proletarian of gay micro-identities. What does the well-graduated petite bourgeoisie do but valorize an idealized version of a worker while treating them with utter contempt?

This sounds very gay. Is this a gay thing?

Sometimes. We regard ‘twink’ as a state of mind and an ethos, not a strict essential category of sexuality, gender, or body type. Our audience and writers include a lot of gays (twink and non-twink!) as well as plenty of people who still have room to improve.

Are you really Marxists?

Yes, insofar as that term means “people who use a Marxist mode of analysis to understand the world”. Don’t sweat it, though—this isn’t a theory publication and you don’t need to have done the reading. Reading isn’t exactly very on-brand for twinks.

Broadly speaking, if you think that the ideas in your head are mostly a product of the material world (rather than the other way around) and that people are more likely to be divided by class than by identity signifiers, you’ll be able to follow along.

Who is involved?

Gian is a post-twink (having aged out of the demographic) and Sam is still a twink. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area. While we hide behind a public facade of tendency-agnosticism—carefully sidestepping important historical questions like “Was Stalin actually that bad?” and “Did Lenin live up to the principles he espoused in State and Revolution?”—we still exercise totalitarian, dictatorial control over the editorial line for Twink Revolution. So much for the tolerant left.

As for those suffering under our yoke, you can check out a list of contributors.

Submissions

We gratefully accept pitches for articles, and we pay our writers for published work at rates that are similarly egregious to those paid by everybody else in online publishing. You can let us know what you’d like to write at editor@twinkrev.com

We’re most interested in publishing pieces of approximately 500–2,000 words with a broadly Marxist (or materialist) point of view, on topics such as:

  • Current events
  • US or global politics
  • LGBT life, including (but not limited to):
    • Dating, relationships, and sex
    • Legal issues
    • Personal accounts or experiences
    • Entertainment that does not feature Jonathan Van Ness or Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Media
  • History (political or LGBT history are of particular interest)
  • Labor struggles, organizing, or perspectives
  • Racial justice (particularly where there’s a Marxist perspective)
  • Art, culture, or criticism
  • … something else?

We’re pretty open to ideas. In true twink style, whimsy, humor, or irreverence will get you a long way with us. Liberal conceptions of “intersectionality” and breathless accounts of epic Nancy Pelosi clapbacks to Donald Trump will not.

We’re particularly interested in hearing from people who don’t consider themselves “professional” writers or who haven’t considered writing for a publication before. We’re not exactly the big league, so it’s not that intimidating.

Sound like something you’d like to do? Send us a brief description of what you’d like to write at editor@twinkrev.com and we’ll figure out the details together.