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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people are becoming more and more visible in all aspects of American culture, from party politics to MTV videos.
Despite the recent queer publishing explosion, few texts cover a broad range of topics around sexual and gender identities. Most existing works are high-level theory books, texts focused upon specific disciplines or topics, or practical guides aimed primarily at a heterosexual audience or people just beginning to come out. There has been to date no general, accessible, and inclusive work suitable for use as an introduction to Queer Studies.
In this collection, contributors assess the conflict between postmodernism and identity, the concept which typically serves as a linchpin for social and political organizing. Others address queer theory, looking specifically at how we define it, how it informs political activism, and how we can theorize such aspects of sexual performance/behaviors as s/m or butch-femme relationships.
The volume contains contributions from both established and newly emerging Queer Studies scholars, including Amber Ault, M. V. Lee Badgett, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Gregory Conerly, Patricia L. Duncan, Ruth Goldman, Lynda Goldstein, Sherrie A. Inness, Christopher James, Amanda Udis-Kessler, JeeYeun Lee, Michele E. Lloyd, Tracy D. Morgan, Ki Namaste, Vernon Rosario II, Paula Rust, and Siobhan Somerville.
|1||G. I. Joes in Barbie Land: Recontextualizing Butch in Twentieth-Century Lesbian Culture||9|
|2||Trans (Homo) Sexuality? Double Inversion, Psychiatric Confusion, and Hetero-Hegemony||35|
|3||Identity/Politics: Historical Sources of the Bisexual Movement||52|
|4||Sexual Identity and Bisexual Identities: The Struggle for Self-Description in a Changing Sexual Landscape||64|
|5||Identity, Power, and Difference: Negotiating Conflict in an S/M Dyke Community||87|
|6||Why Suzie Wong Is Not a Lesbian: Asian and Asian American Lesbian and Bisexual Women and Femme/Butch/Gender Identities||115|
|7||The Politics of Black Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity||133|
|8||History/Hysteria: Parallel Representations of Jews and Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals||146|
|9||Who Is That Queer Queer? Exploring Norms around Sexuality, Race, and Class in Queer Theory||169|
|10||"Tragic Misreadings": Queer Theory's Erasure of Transgender Subjectivity||183|
|11||Hegemonic Discourse in an Oppositional Community: Lesbian Feminist Stigmatization of Bisexual Women||204|
|12||Denying Complexity: The Dismissal and Appropriation of Bisexuality in Queer, Lesbian, and Gay Theory||217|
|13||Scientific Racism and the Invention of the Homosexual Body||241|
|14||Revamping MTV: Passing for Queer Culture in the Video Closet||262|
|15||Pages of Whiteness: Race, Physique Magazines, and the Emergence of Public Gay Culture||280|
|16||Choices and Chances: Is Coming Out at Work a Rational Choice?||298|
|Notes on Contributors||309|