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Feminism, the Family, and the Politics of the Closet is about placing sexual orientation politics within feminist theorizing. It is also about defining the central political issues confronting lesbians and gay men. The book brings the study of lesbians from the margins of feminist theory to the center by critiquing the analytic frameworks employed within feminist theory that renders invisible lesbians' difference from heterosexual women. This book also outlines the basic features of lesbian and gay subordination by exploring the differences between heterosexual dominance and gender and race relations. Throughout, Calhoun aims to re-center lesbian and gay politics away from concerns with sexual regulations and toward concern with the displacement of gays and lesbians from the public sphere of visible citizenship and from the private sphere of romance, marriage, and family.
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About the Author
Cheshire Calhoun is Professor of Philosophy at Colby College.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Separating Lesbian Theory from Feminist Theory
The Gender Closet
The Shape of Lesbian and Gay Subordination
Construction Lesbians and Gay Men as Family's Outlaws