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Though partly intended as a classroom text, this clear, highly readable, liberal overview of the issues surrounding homosexuality will enlighten the general reader, whether gay or straight. Sections range from "Gender Role Flexibility" to "How to Use a Condom." Pinpointing the weaknesses in the divergent theoriesFreudian, hormonal, genetic, etc.as to what "causes" homosexuality, the authors plead for an open-minded approach to same-sex relationships. Besides outlining a model for "coming out," they argue that various tolerant Christian stances toward homosexual behavior are possible, all consistent with the New Testament. Other chapters cover homophobic prejudice, gay movement politics, the AIDS crisis, lifestyle, lesbians and gays in literature. Blumenfeld is founder of the National Gay Student Center; Raymond is a board member of the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston.
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About the Author

Blumenfeld is Lecturer in the Social Justice Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Raymond is chair of the philosophy department at Simmons College. She is active in the reproductive rights and feminist movements and is a lesbian mother.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; Updated and Expanded ed. edition (June 30, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807079235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807079232
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,198,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great many exceptionally astute, historically accurate, ethically sound, and sexually accurate books have been written on the subjects of "Homosexuality", "Gay or Lesbian" attitudes, lifestyles, and sexual practices, Blumenfeld and Raymond quote or repeat the core of actual information previously presented and do it well and clearly.

What is remarkable and new is that there presentation has incredible simple clarity. This clarity goes beyond the actual presentation of thinking and ideas. These authors have actually made the words "Gay" and "Lesbian" words of reasonable behaviour, reasonable lifestyle, and reasonable sexuality.

Through their presentation they have clearly defined and (more importantly) emotionally presented the Gay and Lesbian world as an arena or paradigm of Normalcy, and this is something which has been crying out to be accomplished ever since the late 19th century published brilliance of Edward Carpenter and the incredible energy, courage, and insisting writing of One Magazine in the 1950s and 1960s. It is a tour de Force of Demonstrated Normalcy for an aspect of our civilization which has been called every negative name known to all of us. As such, in its very quite way, it is a very revolutionary book.
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