Entertaining Lesbians: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Self-Invention [NOOK Book]

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Charting the rise of lesbian celebrity, Martha Gever asks whether such exposure is good for lesbians or hurts their cause. Stars from Ellen DeGeneres to Melissa Etheridge to Chastity Bono send a message that being out is now acceptable, but have they created new stereotypes along the way? Original and provocative, Entertaining Lesbians takes a groundbreaking look at the peril and promise of being not just out of the closet, but out in the public eye.
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Entertaining Lesbians: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Self-Invention

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Overview

Charting the rise of lesbian celebrity, Martha Gever asks whether such exposure is good for lesbians or hurts their cause. Stars from Ellen DeGeneres to Melissa Etheridge to Chastity Bono send a message that being out is now acceptable, but have they created new stereotypes along the way? Original and provocative, Entertaining Lesbians takes a groundbreaking look at the peril and promise of being not just out of the closet, but out in the public eye.
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Readers who pick up Gever's book expecting a gossipy tell-all will be surprised to find instead a thoughtful, wide-ranging discussion of lesbians in 20th-century pop culture that touches on the history of photography, tabloid journalism, theories of mass culture, and the politics of coming out, among other subjects. Famous-and entertaining-lesbians such as Mercedes de Acosta, Jill Johnston, and Martina Navratilova are portrayed at length to highlight Gever's main interest: their strategies of self-representation. She shows how de Acosta (1893-1968), lover to both Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, employed discretion in her affairs but not because of self-hatred, as was so often assumed to be the reason lesbians remained closeted. Gever (communications, Florida Atlantic Univ.; coeditor, Queer Looks) makes the case that up to the late 1970s, the term lesbian was so stigmatized and pathologized that even women who by today's standards were clearly lesbians would have refused the label, for entirely healthy reasons. Her book goes on to show how and why lesbian celebrities have taken a more prominent position in mainstream entertainment. Written in a relatively jargon-free style that should appeal to general readers, this book is recommended for women's studies and sexuality collections, as well as those focusing on communications and popular culture.-Ina Rimpau, Newark P.L., NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136074264
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Martha Gever is Assistant Professor of Communication at Florida Atlantic University/Broward. Her books include: Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video and Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures. She is the former editor of The Independent Film and Video Monthly.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Celebrity Talk, Lesbian Style 1
2 Visibility now! The Sexual Politics of Seeing 11
3 Celestial Configurations: Aspects of Lesbian Stardom 45
4 Going Public: Star Wars in the Liberation Movements 81
5 In Retrospect: Legends of Mercedes de Acosta and Company 115
6 Popular Mechanics: Advanced Technologies of Lesbian Celebrity 157
7 Afterword 191
Notes 199
Bibliography 213
Index 225
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