American Queer, Now and Then

American Queer, Now and Then

by David Shneer
     
 

Contrasting queer life today and in years past, this landmark book brings together autobiographies, poetry, film studies, maps, documents, laws, and other texts to explore the meaning and practice of the word "queer". By this Shneer and Aviv mean: queer as both a form of social violence and a call to political activism; queer as played by Robin Williams and

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Contrasting queer life today and in years past, this landmark book brings together autobiographies, poetry, film studies, maps, documents, laws, and other texts to explore the meaning and practice of the word "queer". By this Shneer and Aviv mean: queer as both a form of social violence and a call to political activism; queer as played by Robin Williams and Sharon Stone and as lived by Matthew Shepard and Brandon Teena; queer in the courthouses of Washington D.C. and on the streets of hometown America. Contextualizing these contemporary stories with ones from the past, and understanding them through the analytic tools of feminist social criticism and history, the authors show what it means to be queer in America.

queer [adj]: 1. differing from what is usual or ordinary; odd; singular; strange 2. slightly ill 3. mentally unbalanced 4. counterfeit; not genuine 5. homosexual: in general usage, still chiefly a slang term of contempt or derision, but lately used by some as a descriptive term without negative connotations
Webster's Dictionary

queer [adj]: used to describe a 1. body of theory 2. field of critical inquiry 3. way of proudly identifying a group of people 4. way of seeing the world 5. sense of difference from the norm
David Shneer and Caryn Aviv, American Queer, Now and Then

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594511714
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Shneer is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.

Caryn Aviv is a Marsico Lecturer and an affiliated faculty with the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. Together they have coauthored Queer Jews (Routledge, 2002) and New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora (NYU, 2005).

Table of Contents

1Bulldykes, faggots, and fairies, oh my! : calling and being called queer in America, now and then1
The transformation of silence into language and action5
Classifications of homosexuality8
Sexual behavior in the human male10
Gay New York15
2Are we free to be you and me? : queer sexuality in America, now and then29
Sex variants33
Sexual deviations38
Introduction to body alchemy : transsexual portraits41
My gender workbook45
3Out and about : queer spaces in America, now and then53
Homosexual complexion perverts in St. Louis : note on a feature of psychopathy57
"I could hardly wait to get back to that bar" : lesbian bar culture in the 1930s and 1940s58
Renegotiating the social/sexual identities of places : gay communities as safe havens or sites of resistance?66
At the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival76
One of the children : gay black men in Harlem81
4The birds and the ... birds : queer love, sex, and romance in America, now and then91
Smoke, lilies, and jade95
Opening Pandora's box102
Mike goes to the baths105
Paradigms old and new110
It's a white man's world117
5Where are our white picket fences? : queer relationships and families in America, now and then123
Younger brother dynamics127
Take my domestic partner, please : gays and marriage in the era of the visible131
Queer families quack back146
Weddings/celebrations163
Ruling in Goodridge v. Massachusetts Department of Health165
6To see and be seen : queers in American media and entertainment, now and then167
Why did I write The well of loneliness?171
Angels in America174
Prologue to all the rage : the story of gay visibility in America176
7Sticks and stones : bullying, battering, and beating American queers, now and then181
Stone butch blues185
The Laramie Project193
Social movement growth, domain expansion, and framing processes : the gay/lesbian movement and violence against gays and lesbians as a social problem198
National School Climate Survey, key findings210
Ruling in Lawrence v. Texas215
8I am that name : American queer activism, now and then217
The Society for Human Rights223
Preface to The stone wall225
Statement of missions and purposes226
The ladder228
The woman identified woman232
Introduction to home girls : a black feminist anthology236
No more business as usual241
Mission statement242
Mission statement243
Mission statement243
Mission statement244
Mission statement244
9Conclusion : we're here, we're queer, now what?245
Must identity movements self-destruct? : a queer dilemma249
Heeding Isaiah's call265

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