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.
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About the Author
Sarah Schulman is the author of seventeen books and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright award. She is Distinguished Professor of Humanities 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. She lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Subtitled Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, Sarah Schulman¿s latest book offers an explanation for why people like Frank Schubert (director of the media campaign for Proposition 8) feel free to stir up fear and hatred of gay people when he has a lesbian sister he claims to love. It¿s called ¿familial homophobia,¿ and groundbreaking isn¿t an adequate word to describe the work that Schulman does in this book. From the way that gays and lesbians participate in their own oppression by not calling out our family members on their homophobia to the way that our mistreatment by family members is ignored or glossed over by the larger culture, Schulman covers plenty of ground. This is a crucial, brilliant book, not to mention painful; as Schulman describes her own familial homophobia, I remembered that I didn¿t feel I could take my wife¿s hand at my father¿s funeral, for fear it would upset the rest of my family.
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).