Modern Homosexualities: Fragments of Lesbian and Gay Experiences

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When gay and lesbian cultural and political movements erupted on the international stage during the 1970s, few could have predicted their enormous success. Modern Homosexualities is a unique collection of nineteen essays by international activists and academics

which documents and analyzes the dramatic changes in lesbian and gay experience over the past twenty years. The collection explores such topics as the growth of lesbian and gay studies, new patterns of lesbian sexuality, the relationship between lesbians and gay men, the debate over

lesbian motherhood, the impact of AIDS, and the rise of political campaigning in the face of current backlashes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415064200
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/17/1992
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Pt. I Introduction: gay and lesbian world making
1 Speaking Its Name: Inventing a Lesbian and Gay Studies 3
Pt. II Establishing the male homosexual: the Turkish and Mesoamerican experience
2 The 'Underdevelopment' of Modern/Gay Homosexuality in Mesoamerica 29
3 Masculinity, Femininity, and Turkish Male Homosexuality 39
Pt. III Constructing communities and identities
4 The Company of Friends and Lovers: Lesbian Communities in the Netherlands 53
5 Coming Out: Lesbian Identities and the Categorization Problem 65
6 The Role of Disclosure in Coming Out Among Gay Men 75
Pt. IV Creating new relationships: pretending to be families?
7 Loves, Sexualities, and Marriages: Strategies and Adjustments 87
8 Daring to Pretend? Motherhood and Lesbianism 98
9 That's What Friends Are For: Friends as Family in the Gay and Lesbian Community 108
10 A Cocktail of Alarm: Same-Sex Couples and Migration to Australia 1985-90 121
11 Report from a Rotten State: 'Marriage' and 'Homosexuality' in 'Denmark' 134
Pt. V Transcending AIDS: models of love, support, and activism
12 The AIDS Dialectics: Awareness, Identity, Death, and Sexual Politics 151
13 Lesbian Politics and AIDS Work 160
14 Sex and Caring Among Men: Impacts of AIDS on Gay People 175
Pt. VI Shifting sexualities: the lesbian case
15 Constructing Lesbian Sexualities 187
16 Resisting the Erasure of Lesbian Sexuality: A Challenge for Queer Activism 200
Pt. VII Making the future: radicalism, rights, and citizenship in the UK
17 Abseil Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: Lesbian and Gay Campaigning Tactics and Section 28 217
18 Dangerous Activism? 227
19 Equal Rights for All: Strategies for Lesbian and Gay Equality in Britain 237
A brief guide to further reading 249
Bibliography 255
Name index 272
Subject index 276
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