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Contested Closets: The Politics and Ethics of Outing

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Overview

This is a book about secrets and the telling of secrets, it is about lies and the telling of lies. It is about codes that bind some people to keep others' secrets, and conventions that require some people to tell lies about others.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is a valuable contribution to the ongoing debate among journalists and gay activists over ``outing,'' the practice of revealing the homosexuality of politicians and celebrities in the closet. Gross, a professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania, is an eloquent defender of the controversial practice, but one of the greatest strengths of this book is the evenhandedness with which he presents the arguments of each side. He argues that outing is a practice with ``a long past, if only a short history,'' and spends much of the book's first half putting it into a historical context. In the course of doing so, he discusses the nature and construction of gay identity and a history of the outing controversies of the past ten years. Gross is a lucid writer who makes a difficult case well, if not always convincingly, as in his argument for outing closeted celebrities who--unlike conservative antigay activist Terry Dolan, who was outed after his death--are not promoting homophobic views. Moreover, although he argues that gossip functions as a discourse of the powerless, in reality, the gossip industry is in the hands of all-too-powerful mass media corporations. The second half of the book is a collection of key texts in the debate on outing--including several by Michelangelo Signorile, the foremost journalistic proponent of the practice. (Oct.)
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Gross (Univ. of Pennsylvania, communications) maintains that the current issue of ``outing'' has its roots in the late 19th century. This timely narrative surveys the impact of contemporary identity politics, journalistic practices, and the AIDS epidemic on the controversial debate around disclosing the homosexuality of public figures, which is thought to be impeding the struggle for lesbian and gay rights. Studded with fascinating footnotes and augmented with reprints of significant articles from alternative and mainstream presses, gay and straight, this revealing study engagingly complements Michelangelo Signorile's Queer in America (LJ 6/1/92).-- James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816621798
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Contested Closets
The Unwritten Rule 1
The Path over Corpses 6
A Tale of Two Leaders 15
Treason or the Better Part of Valor? 19
An Uneasy Truce 25
AIDS Raises the Stakes 33
Thinking the Unthinkable 35
Glitter and Be Discreet 39
A Bodyguard of Lies 45
A Book ahead of Its Time 48
Confirmed, Eligible, and Lifelong Bachelors 50
Young, Queer, and Loud 56
The Code Cracks 60
Frying the Big Media Fish 69
The Silence of the Star 75
We're Here, We're Queer, Get Used to It! 81
Absolutely Queer 83
Outing Goes on the Road 86
Distant Outposts 88
"I Am Out! I'm in This Bar, Aren't I?" 93
The Pentagon Provides a Poster Boy 97
Identity Politics 106
Roles or Realities? 109
Coming Out and Coming Together 114
Proliferating Identities 121
Nostalgia for a Place One Has Never Seen 124
A Kinder, Gentler Hollywood 132
Out of the HIV Closet 139
Whose Right to Privacy? 142
The Duty of Sexual Secrecy 146
Keep It in the Closet! 148
The Cultural Front 152
Not Worth an Outing 155
The Guns of August 159
Ethics, Tactics, and Prospects 163
Original Press Articles
I Before the Revolution 175
II The Wall Springs a Leak 191
III After Forbes, the Deluge: The Mainstream Press 217
IV The Insiders' Debate: Gay and Alternative Press 231
V The Pope of Outing 283
VI The Outing of the Pentagon 305
References 319
Index 333
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