Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences

Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences

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by Sarah Schulman
     
 

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Hailed as “a cri de coeur woven into a utopian vision” by Susan Brownmiller (author of Against Our Will), Ties That Bind is the highly praised work of prizewinning writer and professor Sarah Schulman on “familial homophobia,” a phenomenon that, until now, has not had a name but is nevertheless an integral part of most

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Hailed as “a cri de coeur woven into a utopian vision” by Susan Brownmiller (author of Against Our Will), Ties That Bind is the highly praised work of prizewinning writer and professor Sarah Schulman on “familial homophobia,” a phenomenon that, until now, has not had a name but is nevertheless an integral part of most people’s experience. Ties That Bind invites us to understand familial homophobia as a cultural crisis, rather than a personal or an individual problem.

Ambitious, original, and deeply important, Schulman’s book draws on her own lived experience, her research, and her engagement with active social change to articulate a practical, attainable vision of transformation that can begin today. This highly acclaimed and groundbreaking exploration is now available in paperback for countless more to experience a fundamental text that alters our understanding of homophobia and adds a critical dimension to the political landscape of all Americans.

Editorial Reviews

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A message that needs to be heard in all its complexity. People should read this book.
Lambda Book Report

Ties That Bind is one of the most exciting gay liberation texts to appear in years...this is a rewarding, wide-ranging, and challenging work from an original mind and a talented pen, one that will make you think and help you live.
—Doug Ireland, Gay City News

Schulman boldly declares that visibility is a failed strategy for cultural change.
Utne

[Schulman is] a writer who has played a pivotal role in the cultural and political spheres of the gay community.
Curve

To call her book [Ties That Bind] pioneering would be redundant. . . . With its personal appeals, its call to arms — or rather, ethics — and its advice for therapists, family members, and gay people, I continue to be struck by the book’s usefulness above all else. . . .[I]t gives me hope that one day — just as Schulman stipulates — homophobia could actually be a punishable crime, we could be liberated from the systematic shame and humiliation that currently defines our culture, and in that liberation necessarily granted the rights that we’ve lived without all this time.
Velvet Park

Schulman’s lucid dissection of the role that families play as incubators of homophobia could hardly be better. This [is] a truly indispensable book. It should blow away the hot air generated by the public debate about ‘family values.’
— Andrew Ross, chair of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at York University

Sarah Schulman Ties That Bind tackles the familial and cultural homophobia that still pervade our society. She starkly lays out the fundamental immorality of such shunning behavior and its destructive consequences for everyone involved. This is an important and original book.
— Martin Duberman, award-winning historian, biographer, playwright, and gay rights activist

Sarah Schulman is brilliant, vulnerable, and relentless. Ties That Bindshould be required reading for every family—gay and straight.
— Ellen Bass, poet and author of The Courage to Heal

A cri de coeur woven into a Utopian vision.
— Susan Brownmiller, author of Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape

Sarah has taught me a great deal over the years of our being fellow activists and this book teaches me even more.
— Larry Kramer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595588166
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Sarah Schulman is the author of nine novels, four nonfiction books, and numerous plays. A recipient of a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Schulman is a professor of English at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University.

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Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
zebrafeet More than 1 year ago
Sarah Schulman's work draws a bit too heavily on her personal experiences and could have done with some interviews from others. While she does conclude that the source of much of the homophobia present stems from familial acceptence, her willingness to discount issues of her family of orgin and personal struggles with finding a therapist constitue approximately a 50 page rant woven through the text of the book. Schulman's work will be looked back at as opening the door for researchers in psychology, anthropology and sociology in discussing this key issue but this work alone needs emperical data and additional works to support her hypothesis which is compelling: that the foundation of the life is family and how families of orgin react reflects how lesbians specifically accept their gay identity. Right now, it stands alone and thus, a bit too much of an angry tirade at times. But still, a worthy read for anybody working in the mental health professions or anybody in the LGBT community (individuals, or friends and family).