Up from Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America

Up from Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America

by Larry Gross
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231119534

ISBN-13: 9780231119535

Pub. Date: 12/19/2001

Publisher: Columbia University Press

A half century ago gay men and lesbians were all but invisible in the media and, in turn, popular culture. With the lesbian and gay liberation movement came a profoundly new sense of homosexual community and empowerment and the emergence of gay people onto the media's stage. And yet even as the mass media have been shifting the terms of our public conversation

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A half century ago gay men and lesbians were all but invisible in the media and, in turn, popular culture. With the lesbian and gay liberation movement came a profoundly new sense of homosexual community and empowerment and the emergence of gay people onto the media's stage. And yet even as the mass media have been shifting the terms of our public conversation toward a greater acknowledgment of diversity, does the emerging "visibility" of gay men and women do justice to the complexity and variety of their experience? Or is gay identity manipulated and contrived by media that are unwilling—and perhaps unable—to fully comprehend and honor it?

While positive representations of gays and lesbians are a cautious step in the right direction, media expert Larry Gross argues that the entertainment and news media betray a lingering inability to break free from proscribed limitations in order to embrace the complex reality of gay identity. While noting major advances, like the opening of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookstore—the first gay bookstore in the country—or the rise of The Advocate from small newsletter to influential national paper, Gross takes the measure of somewhat more ambiguous milestones, like the first lesbian kiss on television or the first gay character in a newspaper comic strip.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231119535
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/19/2001
Series:
Between Men~Between Women: Lesbian and Gay Studies Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface: Up from InvisibilitySources1. The Mediated SocietyMass Media and American SocietyTelevision as the MainstreamSexual Minorities and the MediaSubversion and Resistance2: Coming Out and Coming TogetherThe Homosexual in Midcentury AmericaGiving Voice to the VoicelessProvoking ConcernThe Voice Gets LouderComing Out in the Nation's Living Rooms3: Stonewall and BeyondHomo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Stinging MadTurning Their Condition into PoliticsExpressing OutrageTalking Back to the Media4: At the MoviesA Queer Feeling Every Time I Look at You"Show Me a Happy Homosexual and I'll Show You a Gay Corpse''Friedkin Delivers Gay CorpsesGetting the Word OutGay Films for Straight AudiencesUniversal or Particular? 5: Television Takes OverNew Medium, Old MessageNo Sex, Please, We're Queer6: AIDS and the MediaRumors of a "Gay Cancer''Circling the WagonsNatural SqueamishnessMedia Activism in a Crisis7: Journalism's Closet OpensBurying and MarryingAll the News Not Fit to PrintThe Grey Lady Goes GayComing Out in the Newsroom8: Breaking the Code of SilenceNaming NamesOuting the PentagonKinda Ask, Sorta Tell9: Hollywood Under PressureAIDS Victims and VillainsA Kinder, Gentler HollywoodQueering the Straight Text10: Hollywood's Gay Nineties"I feel pretty and witty and... Hey!''Still Villainous After All These YearsSad Young MenSome of My Best Friends Are Celibate11: Beyond Prime TimeAdam and Steve and Phil and OprahThe Tongue-Tied Public SquareGetting Over the RainbowLocker-room Closets12: Morning Papers, Afternoon SoapsComing Out in the ComicsYou're the First Person I've Ever Told13: Old Stories and New TechnologiesThe Good Parts14: A Niche of Our OwnMovement to MarketAre We Being Served? 15: Facing the FutureVisibility and Its DiscontentsLooking BackwardSomewhere There's a Place for Us

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