End of Gay (and the Death of Heterosexuality)

End of Gay (and the Death of Heterosexuality)

by Peter Archer
     
 

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Gay is a phase. As gay culture becomes more mainstream, gay identity will become less important, and heterosexuality will become correspondingly less relevant. Canadian Bert Archer's lively polemic takes in popular culture, literature, history, and personal experience, with references to Dawson's Creek, Saturday Night Live, Howard Stern, Shakespeare, Madonna

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Gay is a phase. As gay culture becomes more mainstream, gay identity will become less important, and heterosexuality will become correspondingly less relevant. Canadian Bert Archer's lively polemic takes in popular culture, literature, history, and personal experience, with references to Dawson's Creek, Saturday Night Live, Howard Stern, Shakespeare, Madonna, Calvin Klein, and much more. The End of Gay looks forward to the vast pos-sibilities of love without labels in a century when categories of human sexuality are more fluid than ever.

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Library Journal
Many contemporary observers of sexual mores and politics have begun to argue that the rigid gender/sexual identity distinctions that have framed discussions of these issues are outdated. Some, such as Michael Warner in his now classic The Trouble with Normal, have made the whole idea of normalcy suspect. And many have looked to the term queer to open up more possibilities for less rigid analytical methods. Columnist/reviewer Archer's preeminent argument in his first book is that the whole concept of gayness is really a transitory phase both conceptually and culturally. He suggests that polymorphous perversity is human nature and is increasingly the direction in which the next generations are heading. Importantly, he provides historical context for observations on current popular culture. Much has been written about this subject already, and Archer offers an original analysis-though no definitive conclusions.-David Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560256113
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/09/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
0.66(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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