The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics

The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics

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Here at last is a comprehensive and highly approachable introduction to lesbian and gay studies for students and general readers. More than one hundred articles, essays, and primary documents cover the formation of gay identity, religious, scientific, medical, and legal perspectives, the mainstream media, lesbian and gay media, and community prospects and tactics. From Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's essay, "How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay," to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons," to a 1947 Newsweek article, "Homosexuals in Uniform," The Columbia Reader explores experiences and representations of lesbian and gay people in an engaging and accessible format.
The Columbia Reader features: * concise introductions to each section, as well as a substantial general introduction * viewpoints-ranging from radical to conservative-of lesbian and gay scholars and community writers, as well as nongay intellectuals and public figures * essays, articles, and primary documents from both mainstream and lesbian/gay sources * detailed exploration of mainstream media representations of gays and lesbians in films, television, and print as well as the rise of lesbian/gay media outlets * broad coverage of history and identity, social, cultural, legal, medical, and religious regulation, AIDS, and lesbian and gay political agendas and strategies * current topics, such as the recent development of a cybercommunity, as well as questions of censorship and pornography, same-sex marriage, the ethics of "outing," gay and lesbian activism, and the conservative backlash Grounded in key social and political topics rather than wholly theoretical approaches, The Columbia Reader on Lesbians and Gay Men in Media, Society, and Politics will be a valuable resource for years to come.
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  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 37.85mm | 1,152.12g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0231104472
  • 9780231104470

Table of contents

Introduction: Being Gay in American Media and Society, by Larry Gross and James D. Woods One Identity: The Modern Homosexual A. Other Times Other Customs 1. A Matter of Difference, by Martin Duberman 2. "Intimate Friendships", by Erica E. Goode with Betsy Wagner 3. Categories, Experience, and Sexuality, by John Boswell 4. Capitalism and Gay Identity, by John D'Emilio 5. A Worm in the Bud: The Early Sexologists and Love Between Women, by Lillian Faderman 6. The Bowery as Haven and Spectacle, by George Chauncey B. Who's a Queer? Identities in Question 7. Making Ourselves from Scratch, by Joseph Beam 8. Becoming Lesbian: Identity Work and the Performance of Sexuality, by Arlene Stein 9. Gay Men, Lesbians, and Sex: Doing It Together, by Pat Califia 10. Maiden Voyage: Excursion Into Sexuality and Identity Politics in Asian America, by Dana Y. Takagi 11. Strangers at Home: Bisexuals in the Queer Movement, by Carol A. Queen 12. Just Add Water: Searching for the Bisexual Politic, by Ara Wilson 13. To Be or Not to Be, by Leslie Feinberg Two Institutions and Opinion Makers A. Inventing Sin: Religion and the Church 14. The Abominable Sin: The Spanish Campaign Against "Sodomy " and Its Results in Modern Latin America, by Walter Williams 15. Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 16. Homophobic? Re-Read Your Bible, by Peter J. Gomes 17. Biblical Verse: Is It a Reason or an Excuse?, by Deb Price 18. The Homosexual Movement: A Response by the Ramsey Colloquium, by Ramsey Colloquium 19. In God's Image: Coming to Terms with Leviticus, by Rebecca Alpert B. Making Us Sick: The Medical and Psychological Establishment 20. The Product Conversion-From Heresy to Illness, by Thomas Szasz 21. Homosexuals in Uniform, by Newsweek 22. I Was Raising a Homosexual Child, by Flora Rheta Schreiber 23. The Psychologist-Dr. Evelyn Hooker, by Eric Marcus 24. A Symposium: Should Homosexuality Be in the APA Nomenclature?, by Judd Marmor, Irving Bieber, Ronald Gold 25. If Freud Had Been a Neurotic Colored Woman: Reading Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, by Essex Hemphill C. Causes and Cures: The Etiology Debate 26. Boys Will Be Girls: Sexology and Homosexuality, by Janice Irvine 27. How to Bring Your Kids Up Gay: The War on Effeminate Boys, by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 28. Studying the Biology of Sexual Orientation Has Political Fallout, by David J. Jefferson 29. Are Gay Men Born That Way?, by Kay Diaz D. Creating Criminals: Government and the Legal System 30. Crime Story, by Sten Russell 31. Public Policy and Private Prejudice: Psychology and Law on Gay Rights, by Gary B. Melton E. Denial and Erasure: Education and Culture 33. Who Hid Lesbian History?, by Lillian Faderman 34. Stolen Goods, by Michael Bronski 35. Remembering Lenny: Parting Notes on a Friend Who Never Quite Came Out, by Paul Moor 36. Willa Cather, by Sharon O'Brien 37. Closets in the Museum: Homophobia and Art History, by James Saslow 38. Imagine a Lesbian a Black Lesbian, by Jewelle Gomez 39. Too Queer for College: Notes on Homophobia, by Esther Newton 40. The Gay and Lesbian Publishing Boom, by William J. Mann 41. A Lesson in Tolerance, by David Ruenzel 42. Gay Teachers Make Their Lives Whole Again, by Deb Price 43. Pop Tune Can Comfort Teens Unsure of Their Sexuality, by Victoria Brownworth Three Mainstream Media A. Up From Invisibility: Film and Television 44. Stereotyping, by Richard Dyer 45. Lesbians and Film: Some Thoughts, by Caroline Sheldon 46. Where Is the Life That Late He Led? Hollywood's Construction of Sexuality in the Life of Cole Porter, by George F. Custen 47. Old Strategies for New Texts: How American Television Is Creating and Treating Lesbian Characters, by Marguerite J. Moritz 48. Culture Stays Screen-Shy of Showing the Gay Kiss, by Frank Bruni 49. Do Ask, Do Tell: Freak Talk on TV, by Joshua Gamson 50. More Than Friends, by David Ehrenstein 51. Anything But Idyllic: Lesbian Filmmaking in the 1980s and 1990s, by Liz Kotz B. Fit to Print? Journalism 52. Perverts Called Government Peril, by New York Times 53. The Homosexual in America, by Time 54. A Rebuke for TIME's Pernicious Prejudice, by Kay Tobin 55. A Minority's Plea: U.S. Homosexuals Gain in Trying to Persuade Society to Accept Them, by Charles Alverson 56. Homo Nest Raided! Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad, by Jerry Lisker 57. The "Gay" People Demand Their Rights, by Lacey Fosburgh 58. The Lesbian Issue and Women's Lib, by Judy Klemesrud 59. Uptight on Gay News: Can the Straight Press Get the Gay Story Straight?, by Ransdell Pierson 60. Out at the New York Times, by Michaelangelo Signorile C. Cries and Whispers: AIDS and the Media 61. Illness and Deviance: The Response of the Press to AIDS, by Edward Albert 62. The Second Wave, by James Kinsella 63. A Test of Who We Are As a People, by Vito Russo 64. More to the Shilts Story, by Jessea Greenman 65. Big Science: What Ever Happened to Safer Sex?, by Richard Goldstein D. Naming Names: Outing 66. Contested Closets: The Politics and Ethics of Outing, by Larry Gross 67. How I Brought Out Malcom Forbes and the Media Flinched, by Michelangelo Signorile 68. Why Outing Must Stop, by C. Carr 69. The Inning of Outing, by Gabriel Rotello Four Lesbian and Gay Media A. In Our Own Voices: The Lesbian and Gay Press 70. "Gay Gal"-Lisa Ben, by Eric Marcus 71. "News Hound"-Jim Kepner, by Eric Marcus 72. The Advocate: Setting the Standard for the Gay Liberation Press, by Rodger Streitmatter 73. Representation, Liberation, and the Queer Press, by Polly Thistlewaite 74. Flaunting It! A Decade of Gay Journalism from The Body Politic, by Ed Jackson 75. I Want My Gay TV, by Larry Closs B. The Good Parts: Pornography 76. Coming to Terms: Gay Pornography, by Richard Dyer 77. Gender, Fucking, and Utopia: An Essay in Response to John Stoltenberg's Refusing to Be a Man, by Scott Tucker 78. Free Speech or Hate Speech: Pornography and Its Means of Production, by Charles I. Nero 79. My History with Censorship, by Joan Nestle 80. My Mother Liked to Fuck, by Joan Nestle 81. Lesbian Pornography: Cultural Transgression and Sexual Demystification, by Lisa Henderson 82. Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn, by Richard Fung C. Queers in Cyberspace 83. Notes on Queer 'N Asian Virtual Sex, by Daniel C. Tsang 84. We're Teen, We're Queer, and We've Got E-mail, by Steve Silberman 85. Logging On, Coming Out, by Jeff Walsh Five Community Prospects and Tactics A. Queer Positions and Perspectives 86. With Downcast Gays: Aspects of Homosexual Self-Oppression, by Andrew Hodges and David Hutter 87. The Woman-Identified Woman, by Radicalesbians 88. Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance, by Cheryl Clarke 89. I Paid Very Hard for My Immigrant Ignorance, by Mirtha Quintanales 90. Our Right to the World: Beyond the Right to Privacy, by Scott Tucker 91. Chasing the Crossover Audience and Other Self-Defeating Strategies, by Michael Denneny 92. Queers Read This: I Hate Straights, by Anonymous Queers B. The New Right = The Old Wrongs? 93. The Boys on the Beach, by Midge Decter 94. Straight Talk About Gays, by E. L. Pattullo 95. In God's Country, by John Weir C. A Place at Which Table? 96. Here Comes the Groom: A (Conservative) Case for Gay Marriage, by Andrew Sullivan 97. Why Gay People Should Seek the Right to Marry, by Thomas B. Stoddard 98. Since When Is Marriage a Path to Liberation?, by Paula L. Ettelbrick 99. Homocons, by Matthew Rees 100. The Naked Truth, by Candace Chellew 101. Out of Asia, by Jeff Yang 102. Backlash?, by Henry Louis Gates Jr. 103. Blacks and Gays: Healing the Great Divide, by Barbara Smith D. Parting Glances 104. Why I'm Not a Revolutionary, by Sarah Schulman 105. In an Afternoon Light, by Essex Hemphill
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A unique and lively anthology. -- Carol LeMasters The Lesbian Review of Books Comprehensive is an understatement. -- William Randall Beard Counterpoise
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About Larry Gross

Larry Gross is Sol Worth Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Contested Closets: The Politics and Ethics of Outing and editor of Image Ethics: The Moral Rights of Subjects in Photographs, Film and Television, and On the Margins of Art Worlds.James D. Woods was assistant professor of communications at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and author of The Corporate Closet: The Professional Lives of Gay Men in America.
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