From Library Journal
As the nation discusses the "marriage penalty" and domestic partner benefits, Badgett (economics, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) takes a close look at the economic lives of lesbians and gay men. She opens by debunking the myths of high incomes, conspicuous consumerism, double income no kids (DINK), and the protection of the closet. She points out the flaws in marketing surveys that have perpetuated these myths and cites other data, showing that in many instances gays and lesbians do have children and have lower incomes than their heterosexual counterparts. Badgett also discusses employee benefits and workplace discrimination. She closes with some recommendations on how to change public policy to bring about economic equity for gays and lesbians. This book addresses issues also addressed in Homo Economics (LJ 2/15/97), in which a couple of Badgett's essays appear. A well-researched and timely book; recommended for all academic libraries. Debra Moore, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles
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The common stereotype that lesbians and gay men are more affluent than heterosexuals is only one of many misconceptions that M. V. Lee Badgett debunks in this comprehensive work. Studying the ends and means of gay life from an economic perspective, she paints a more accurate picture than ever before of gay and lesbian standards of living, financial and family decisions, and professional lives, analyzing along the way the crucial issues that affect the livelihood of gay men and lesbians: workplace discrimination, denial of health care benefits to partners and children, the corporate wooing of gay consumer dollars, and the use of gay economic clout to inspire social and political change.