The Queer Question: Essays on Desire and Democracy

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Noted writer and activist Scott Tucker calls to radicals and queers to be true to the democratic potential of the United States. He targets homophobia and anti-sex sentiment within the traditional Left, racism and red-baiting among queers, narrow definitions of "family values," and a democracy that is limited to the chosen few.
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Noted writer and activist Scott Tucker calls to radicals and queers to be true to the democratic potential of the United States. He targets homophobia and anti-sex sentiment within the traditional Left, racism and red-baiting among queers, narrow definitions of "family values," and a democracy that is limited to the chosen few.
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The author, a gay health activist and journalist, offers a progressive vision of democracy as an experiment, a process in need of constant renewal, as seen through the lens of the gay rights movement. The essays cover such topics as the right to privacy vs. the right to live openly in the world, the need to redefine the family to include the true nature of relations in modern society, feminism and gay porn, and the reinvigoration of what the author views as an all too moribund social democratic agenda now abandoned by the traditional left wing in the United States. Tucker has an effective, almost relentless gift for pushing the envelope of an argument, taking nothing for granted and questioning every position, including his own. This challenging, often provocative work by a distinctive voice of a newer, more radicalized left is highly recommended for academic and larger public collections.Jeffery Ingram, Newport P.L., Ore.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780896085770
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Studies
  • Pages: 255
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Internationalist Mr. Leather
Preface: The Lavender Left
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Our Right to the World: Beyond the Right to Privacy 3
Pt. 2 "Queerer Than We Imagine": A Defense of Identity and Solidarity 41
Pt. 3 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell": Censorship and Sexuality 81
Pt. 4 Fighting Words: An Open Letter to Queers and Radicals 139
Pt. 5 A Declaration of Independence: Queering the American Dream 185
Selected Bibliography 247
Index 251
About South End Press 258
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