All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America / Edition 1
From the public outing of Ellen DeGeneres and the success of Will and Grace to the vicious murder of Matthew Shepard, recent years have seen gay lives and images move onto the center stage of American public life. In this incisive and authoritative guide to the new gay visibility, Suzanna Danuta Walters argues that we now live in a time when gays are seen, but not necessarily known. Taking on the common wisdom that equates visibility with full integration, All the Rage maps the terrain on which gays are accepted as witty film accessories and sassy sitcom stars yet denied full citizenship.
Suzanna Danuta Walters is an associate professor of sociology and director of the Women's Studies Program at Georgetown University. She is the author of Material Girls: Making Sense of Feminist Cultural Theory and Lives Together/Worlds Apart: Mothers and Daughters in Popular Culture.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Prologue Part One: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times 1. The Love That Dares to Speak Its Name: The Explosion of Gay Visibility 2. Pride and Prejudice: The Changing Context of Gay Visibility Part Two: A Kiss Is Just a Kiss 3. Ready for Prime Time? TV Comes Out of the Closet 4. Dossier on Ellen 5. All Gay, All the Time? Part Three: Coming Soon To a Theater Near You 6. Hiding, Dying, and Dressing-Up 7. Out Is In: Liberal Narratives for the Nineties Part Four: In the Family Way 8. Wedding Bell Blues: Imagining Marriage 9. Mom, I've Got Something to Tell You: The Coming-Out Story in the Age of Visibility 10. It Takes a Lesbian Village to Raise a Child: Parenting Possibilities Part Five: Money Makes the World Go Round 11. Consuming Queers: Advertising and the Gay Market 12. If It's Pink We'll Sell It: Gay Entrepreneurship Conclusion: Beyond Visibility (Welcome to Our Rainbow World) Notes Bibliography Index