Opposite Sex: Gay Men on Lesbians, Lesbians on Gay Men

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The past decade has seen an extraordinary outpouring of research, writing, and talk about lesbian and gay sexuality, triggered in part by the confluence of the AIDS epidemic, the feminist sex wars, and the development of queer studies. Yet many lesbian and gay writers and readers have been frustrated by recurring gaps and absences in the queer studies approach to sexuality, as well as by the limitations of explicit queer community discourse around sex.

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Overview

The past decade has seen an extraordinary outpouring of research, writing, and talk about lesbian and gay sexuality, triggered in part by the confluence of the AIDS epidemic, the feminist sex wars, and the development of queer studies. Yet many lesbian and gay writers and readers have been frustrated by recurring gaps and absences in the queer studies approach to sexuality, as well as by the limitations of explicit queer community discourse around sex.

Opposite Sex brings the sex back into queer studies, making real bodies, acts, and desires central to analysis of the complex relationships between male and female homosexualities, and their impact on lesbian and gay culture. The contributors to this volume--scholars, artists, activists, and journalists--redress the remarkable dearth of thoughtful discourse about the many ways in which lesbian and gay men are implicated--and viewed within--in each other's sexual realities.

Opposite Sex includes writing by lesbians and gay men about each other's bodies, interpretations of different male and female homosexual sex cultures, and reflections on the history, sociology, and politics of changing discourses around queer sexuality. Passionate and challenging, this anthology shows the rich and complex forms through which individuals and communities make meaning from their quotidian sexual impulses, their utopian sexual mores, and their idiosyncratic sexual acts.

The contributors include Roberto Bedoya, Kaucylia Brooke, Lawrence Chua, Linnea Due, Sandra Lee Golvin, Jewelle Gomez, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Della Grace, Amber Hollibaugh, Robert Jensen, Kate Kane, Elizabeth A. Kelly, Monica Majoli, Mimi McGurl, Robert Reid-Pharr, Gayle Rubin, Lawrence Schimel, Richard Schimpf, and Susan Stryker.

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Filling in some perceived gaps in queer studies. Fourteen essays center the analysis of lesbian and gay sexuality on sex itself and real bodies, acts, and desires; and explore the relationships between male and female homosexuality. The titles include Blackbeard Lost; The Ick Factor<-->Flesh, Fluids, and Cross- Gender Revulsion; Recognizing the Real<-->Labor and the Economy of Banjee Desire; and Los Angeles at Night. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814774779
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 5.42 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Miles is a reporter and editor who lives in San Francisco. She is a contributing writer for Outmagazine, and a freelance contributing editor to magazines including The Nation, The New Yorker, and Wired.

Eric Rofes is a doctoral student in social and cultural studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of eight books, including the recently released Dry Bones Breathe: Gay Men Creating Post-AIDS Identities and Cultures.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
"Jackie" and "Lee, the Boy": Photos 6
1 Blackbeard Lost 8
2 GM ISO (m)other: A Gay Boy in the World of Lesbian Personals 15
3 Passage 37
4 The Ick Factor: Flesh, Fluids, and Cross-Gender Revulsion 44
5 In Goldilock's Footsteps: Exploring the Discursive Construction of Gay Masculinity in Bear Magazines 66
6 The Butch/Femme Dance: Two-Stepping along the Gender Line 99
7 Another Place to Breathe 105
8 Slips 139
9 Getting It Up for Politics: Gay Male Sexuality and Radical Lesbian Feminism 146
10 Through the Looking Glass: A Folsom Street Story 171
11 Recognizing the Real: Labor and the Economy of Banjee Desire 189
12 Crossing Over 201
13 If Two Men Are Having Lesbian Sex Together ... 222
14 Los Angeles at Night 252
Contributors 263
Index 269
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